As we age, both men and women remark and woe about memory loss. Menopause has long been known as one culprit towards the demise of women’s memories. New research, however, notes that middle-age women still remember more than their male peers.
Menopause Memory Research
Up to 75 percent of people (men and women) over the age of 50 complain of memory loss. Women, especially when going through menopause, experience brain fog, fading memory, and difficulty with recall. A new study out of Harvard Medical School reports that as estrogen levels drop, the ability to recollect also fades.
The research, led by Professor Jill Goldstein, included over 200 men and women. Their age range was between 45 and 55. Everyone in the study participated in memory and thinking tests, which observed word processing, verbal intelligence, and executive function.
The results showed that women who had not gone through menopause had better memory. The women who had lower estrogen levels (due to menopause) had lower learning rates for new information and memory recall.
Even with that somewhat depressing news for menopausal women, it turned out worse for men. Women in the study may have reported being more forgetful, but as far as the results of memory tests—women outperformed the men!
In regards to this particular study, the researchers claim that women’s memory storage and consolidation weren’t affected by menopause. That’s a mind-full of good news.
Another study that was conducted in 2009 out of the University of California, Los Angeles showed promising menopause/memory results, too. That research was based on studying over 2,000 women over a four-year period. The researchers found that learning ability and memory largely returned after menopause was complete.
However, in 2009, researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles, found that in the more than 2,000 women studied over four years, memory and learning ability tended to return after menopause was complete.
Growing New Brain Cells
Believe it or not, we can affect the health of our brain cells. New ones are constantly being produced, and by making certain life choices, you can boost your memory and create healthier cells.
1) Get a good night’s sleep—consistently. Aim for between seven and nine hours per night.
2) Get exercise. Anything that works up a sweat will do the trick. Studies show that cognitive function increases in those who stick to an exercise regimen.
3) Give up smoking.
4) Drink more water. Dehydration is a culprit known to cause brain-cell deterioration. Carry around a non-toxic decanter and refill throughout the day with fresh water.
5) Cut calories. Overeating lends to brain fog. Restricting calories by approximately 20 percent stimulates the growth of new brain cells.
6) Practice coping skills. Keep stress levels low whenever possible. Anxiety and panic raise cortisol levels, which in turn, can damage brain cells. A calm body breeds healthier cells all over.
7) Drink green tea. A substance in green tea generates new cells. The inclusion of green tea into our diet can improve memory and cognition.
Eating fresh, whole foods will help to keep you properly nourished. And as always, daily exercise, even if it’s a nice, brisk walk. It will do wonders for your body AND mind. For other tips on how to boost memory check this out!