Mental Clarity and Brain Function
By Robert Rister, Contributing Writer, with Klee Irwin,
Nutritional Expert, and the Health Breakthroughs Staff
For nutritional consultation, Robert Rister, renowned author of herbal medicine literature, conveyed this story to Klee Irwin, Nutraceutical Formulator of products like Dual Action Cleanse and Neuracta 7.
In his early 60s, Howard began to experience memory problems. At first, it was hard to distinguish Howard's memory loss from distraction. Klee lrwin listened intently as Robert Rister went on. Howard would put down tools and forget where he had placed them or come home from the market and notice he had forgotten the bread. A retired engineer, Howard would joke with his friends and children that his read-only memory (ROM) was fine and-like an old computer-he just needed more random-access memory (RAM).
Over a period of months, however, Howard's problems began to cause serious concerns. He would wake up, get dressed in his Sunday best and drive to his church, only to find an empty parking lot because it was actually Saturday. He began to forget holidays, meetings and birthdays. When Howard's children heard from the police that their father drove a mile down the wrong side of the freeway, they knew something had to be done.
Both Klee Irwin and Robert Rister knew that, while Howard's problems seem to be an extreme example, they're not that far off from what many adults in their 50s and 60s may face. Any time a "minor" detail is forgotten or confused, it can lead to frustration, worry and dread-am I going to end up like Howard? Klee Irwin and Robert Rister agree that, fortunately, there are things you can do right now to fortify your brain function, including various physical and mental exercises, eating a healthy diet and supplementing with specific nutrient compounds.
Klee Irwin and Robert Rister Tell Why Brains Age
At its peak performance state, usually around the age of 30, the human brain has established as many of 10,000 connections for each one of its approximately 100 billion nerve cells, yielding as many as 1,000 trillion cell-to-cell connections. That is a quadrillion nerve pathways.
With aging, however-and due to the effects of environmental toxins, poor diet, smoking and alcohol use-many of these connections can be lost. As an extreme example, by the end of life an Alzheimer's patient may have virtually nothing remaining of the brain region called the hippocampus, where memories are formed.
"For this reason, scientists are feverishly searching for compounds that allow the brain to rest and repair itself. Several pharmaceutical companies are making progress, too," explains Klee Irwin.