If you feel like your short-term memory is starting to fade, it could be a warning. That warning is that your long-term memory has already started to fade. And you may not even be aware of it.
That's what happened to Jane. Around the time she turned 50, Jane noticed her memory wasn't what it used to be. Her short-term memory decline was what she noticed first. While showering, she would wash her hair and then, before getting out of the shower, she couldn't remember if she had washed it.
So Jane started to take the herb bacopa to see if it would help. What happened surprised her. She said, "I took it for about two to three months. I noticed a drastic improvement in my short-term memory." Then for the surprise. She was shocked when it helped "my long-term memory, as in I was able to recall distant memories." What shocked her was that she didn't even realize she had forgotten those long-term memories.
Bacopa is an herb that has a deep tradition for restoring memories. But in recent years, more and more research has proven its ability to enhance your brain function. One of those trials came out of Australia, where researchers followed 98 healthy participants. All of them were over the age of 55.
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The researchers divided the participants into two groups. They gave one group 300 mg per day of bacopa. They gave the other group a placebo. They screened all of the participants using neuropsychologic and subjective memory assessments at the start of the study and again after just 12 weeks.
The researchers found that the bacopa "significantly improved memory acquisition and retention in healthy older Australians. This concurs with previous findings and traditional use." It's rare to see researchers come out so definitively about their conclusions. Most of the time, they say, "this needs more research." But, as they alluded to, bacopa has the research and the long-term success behind it already. So it doesn't need more research. It works.
One final note: Taking too much bacopa can cause gastrointestinal discomfort, such as increased stool frequency, abdominal cramps, and nausea. This is especially true of low-quality bacopa. It's also better to take bacopa with other nutrients that can soften how your stomach responds to it. You'll find bacopa in Advanced Memory Formula, which has other fantastic nutrients in it. And we've never heard reports of stomach issues with its users.
By the way, Jane noticed that when she stopped taking the bacopa, it kept on working for several months afterward. But she did notice the effect eventually wore off, and her short- and long-term memories were fading again. So if you've noticed your short-term memory isn't what it used to be, it's possibly affecting your long-term memory as well. Try taking some bacopa. You could be pleasantly surprised when your long-term memories come back.
Your insider for better health,
Steve Kroening, ND