Cognitive improvement after 25
Do certain vitamins improve memory and other cognitive functions at any stage of life? Most parents probably know that proper nutrition plays an important role in the cognitive development of children, but what about our later years?
According to the original theory, our brains would undergo a fierce period of growth up to age 25, then slowly and gradually it would decline until the end of life. We thought that the potential to change was impossible.
Then, in the mid-nineties, a groundbreaking discovery was made that forever changed the assumptions about the brain: it was found that new brain cells can be generated until death. A whole new concept and a unique opportunity, for greater health and mental performance, were born. It is possible to protect, and even enhance our brains.
Factors that effect cognitive performance: Diet is an important one
Why do some people have outstanding mental performance and others don’t? Why do a few individuals live well into their their nineties maintaining robust brains and bodies, while the vast majority of people do not? Of course genetics play an important role, but our lifestyle factors are definitely more determining.
Nowadays there are more and more researches on the correlation between nutrition and cognitive performance. Organizations, like for example the Center for Nutrition, Learning, and Memory at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign or Deakin University’s Food and Mood Centre are eager to explore the links between our diet and various aspects of our brain function.
Neurobiologists have proven that a bad diet is extremely harmful for your brain. If you want to achieve your cognitive peak performance, overeating and nutrient deficiency will be two of your biggest opponents. On the other hand, proper food choices will be an invaluable component in your improvement process.
These days no matter what you do, your mental performance will be crucial. Physical strength might have been the most important factor for our ancestors, but that’s over. It is all about our brains. If you want to enhance your life, becoming smarter will most probably help you. Of course it is not that easy. While vitamins improve memory and cognitive functions indeed, they won’t make you instantly a genius. It is pretty much like in the case of athletes: their training combined with their well balanced diet together can help them achieve outstanding performance.
The opinion of a memory champion: vitamins improve memory indeed
So what would be a safe proof that sustains the claim that vitamins improve memory? What about hearing it from somebody who has accomplished a lot in this area? What about an outstanding “brain athlete”? Ron White the two time US Memory Champion has a dedicated book on his special diet, that helped him to prepare for his competitions. He says “The phrase -You are what you eat -is true for all parts of your body, and that includes the brain. ”
The purpose of the blog
As far as I’m concerned, I’ve been interested in this topic for a long time now. Quite frankly reading non-fiction books after a long day in the office is not always that appealing. Playing difficult brain games might be less fun than watching movies too. Anyway, sometime you just got to do what you got to do. Variously, eating properly isn’t that exhausting at all and the positive effects are still spectacular. You just have to know how to do it the right way.
In this blog, I would like to share with you my knowledge, researches and my own experience in this area. I believe becoming more conscious about my food choices, dramatically improved my cognitive performance, and it can be the same for you. (If not, at least you can get in shape and have a better skin. Low risk to give it a shot.)