The Only Thing That Helps Your Memory.
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Boston, MA (PRWEB) April 21, 2013
Doctors Health Press, a division of Lombardi Publishing Corporation and publisher of various natural health newsletters, books, and reports, including the popular online Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin, is reporting on a new study finding that most drugs, supplements, and herbs that people take to boost memory are ineffective.
As Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin (http://www.doctorshealthpress.com/brain-function-articles/the-only-thing-that-helps-your-memory) notes, researchers at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, Canada, have conducted a thorough review of 32 randomized clinical trials, involving a total of 25,000 participants, to figure out exactly how drugs and supplements can boost memory and reduce cognitive decline.
As the article “The Only Thing That Helps Your Memory” reports, after compiling the evidence and studying a variety of clinical trials, the researchers were surprised to find out that most drugs, supplements, and herbs that people take to boost memory did not actually do so.
As the Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article outlines, based on this review of 32 studies, there was no evidence to support the following medications’ abilities to boost memory:
- Cholinesterase inhibitors, thought to help the chemical messenger acetylcholine that boosts memory and improves thinking and judgment skills, do not work.
- B vitamins, omega-3 fatty acids, and other vitamins do not help boost memory or reduce mild cognitive decline.
- Herbal supplements like ginkgo biloba, commonly known to boost memory, were not found to definitely help prevent cognitive decline.
- Physical exercise was not found to be linked to memory improvement.
- Anti-inflammatories showed a small decline in memory scores.
- Estrogen pills were found to be associated with a higher risk of developing dementia and worsened cognitive decline.
As Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin concludes, there was only one thing that was found to boost memory and improve cognitive decline: mental exercises. The clinical studies that tested mental exercises used computer activities or individualized sessions to determine their ability to boost memory. Since those options might not be available for everyone, the researchers suggest using whatever tools are available, such as crossword and Sudoku puzzles.
(SOURCE: Shephard, L., “Review finds no evidence drugs, vitamins, herbal supplements help prevent cognitive decline in healthy older adults,” St. Michael’s Hospital web site, April 15, 2013; http://www.stmichaelshospital.com/media/
detail.php?source=hospital_news/2013/20130415_hn, last accessed April 15, 2013.)
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