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Forgetfulness and memory loss in old age

Work that grey matter! The old adage ‘use it or lose it’ is true. Staying mentally active by learning a new language or regularly dipping into a crossword puzzle will help to keep your mind sharp. Just like the rest of your body, your brain needs regular ‘exercise’ if it is to stay fit and healthy.

A healthy diet is essential. Too much saturated animal fat, salt and alcohol can cause narrowing of the arteries, hampering circulation and the supply of oxygen and other nutrients to the brain, so reduce your intake accordingly, and if you smoke, stop.

A good multivitamin should help to combat any dietary deficiencies but opt for a formula that’s specific to your needs; men and women have different dietary needs at different stages of their life.

Antioxidants are also important. Research shows that Alpha Lipoic Acid and Coenzyme Q10, two potent antioxidants, may help improve cognitive dysfunction in older people. A third, Acetyl-L-Carnitine, has been linked to the treatment of Alzheimer’s, and Phosphatidyl Serine, has been found in several clinical trials to help with cognitive function, especially those which tend to decline with age, including memory, learning, vocabulary skills and concentration.