Monday, May 2, 2011


TO IMPROVE YOUR MEMORY Although memory loss is not a normal function of age, we often begin to forget things as we grow older.  New research suggests a reason may be that our brains are cluttered with irrelevant information.  Using a computer analogy, researchers believe we should defrag and empty our brain’s trash bins to improve cognitive performance.  Thirty individuals with an average age of 23 years old, and 30 individuals were an average age of 67 years old took part in the study.  They were asked to perform a working memory task, which included recalling and processing different pieces of information.   Researchers from Concordia University believe older individuals have reduced learning and memory because their minds tend to be cluttered with irrelevant information when performing tasks.

The study published in The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology offers new insights into why aging is associated with a decline in memory. For those who are having trouble remembering, Mervin Blair, a PhD student at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada, suggested that focusing and reducing mental clutter can be done by stress-reduction techniques.  Reducing clutter from our brain is unfortunately more difficult than hitting the defrag button or clicking permanently delete for our trash, so he recommends keeping the brain in shape by performing activities that challenge and stimulate.  Activities to do this could include learning a new language, playing an instrument, completing crossword puzzles, keeping an active social life and exercising.

New research indicates older people are less able to process information - including remembering things - because their memories tend to be cluttered with masses of information.   “Basically, older adults are less able to keep irrelevant information out of their consciousness, which then impacts on other mental abilities,” said researcher Mervin Blair.  The Ayurvedic medicines made out of rasa (essence), bark, fruit, and leaves of different plants may appear to be useless, but they have the capacity to cure many incurable diseases to modern Western science. 

Ayurveda has the cure for all disease. It is a complete and approved system of medication.  Some important Yogic Remedies from Ancient Indian Scriptures:  (1.) 29th chapter of Agnipuran contains a medicine, which grants longevity to a person. According to the text, consuming 240 mg to 500 mg of Brahmi powder with milk every morning is very beneficial. It also increases the memory power.  (2.) Ayurvedic scriptures like Charaka and Sushruta say that consuming 3 gm of green vegetable soup (made form Brahmi) increases the memory power. Brahmi leaves are tasty just like the tamarind leaves.  (3.) Bhav Prakash includes the importance of Shankhpushpi for good memory.  Consuming 3 to 6 gm of Shankhpushpi powder with milk is extremely beneficial for increasing memory and improving the functioning of the brain and its overall development.
“How to Improve the Memory According to Ayurveda”
Published by the Editor on 11-23-2010 03:43 am

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