- Discover why those ‘Senior Moments’ are nothing to worry about
- How a fishy fact can really improve your memory
- How a scabby chin proved my point
“Now what did I come in here for?”
Does this ever happen to you? You walk into a room full of intent to do something then stop in your tracks looking around you whilst you search for a clue as to what it might have been.
The first thing you need to realise is that it is not just you who does this.
Secondly you also need to stop worrying that it is a sign of Alzheimer’s or dementia because it is nothing of the sort.
A study published a while ago in 2011 by a research team at the University of Notre Dame concluded that as we physically move from room to room our brains reset themselves in order to be able to record the new experiences it expects to have.
As a result it loses track of what it was doing previously.
So, it’s not a senior moment at all – just your own scatty brain doing something completely naturally.
This doesn’t stop it being annoying though, or prevent my dear children and wife from ribbing me!
Memory is a topic that I often cover in the Good Life Letter and recently I discussed how omega 3 fatty acids can help your brain keep alert and active.
What I didn’t mention was that I found a fantastic recent news story that backs this up…
How fish can boost your concentration
Education chiefs in Durham have been giving fish oil and evening primrose supplements to 3,000 teenagers on the run up to their exams.
According to the Daily Mail, ‘they found that the fish oil could boost GCSE results by up to two grades’.
While this is hardly a scientific study, you’d think this evidence would be enough to kick start some clinical trials into omega 3 and omega 5 fatty acids.
I mean, it’s not just the spotty teenagers whose lives are at stake here. We could all do with a bit of brain boosting, right?
Especially me. I have Post-it reminder notes all over my computer, stuck to my forehead… and I even have a sign at the end of my bed that says:
‘First pants, THEN trousers.’ (This is a joke by the way! There is no way that Lara would allow me to have such a sign cluttering up any other room than my office.)
Never mind my daily struggle with memory.
There’s the potential importance of these oils in the fight against age-related dementia to consider.
But what did the Food Standards Agency say about this report?
Well, they claimed that there ‘wasn’t enough evidence’. So the claims of the education officials in Durham are being ignored. It doesn’t surprise me. There are a lot of very sceptical scientists out there who simply refuse to acknowledge the benefits of fish oils.
In addition, as fish oils are natural the big money men involved in health wouldn’t be able to claim them for their own – this does tend to sway how trials are run.
I agree to some extent that the Durham experiment can’t be considered a scientific trial.
For one thing, there was no control group to test against the group that took the oil supplements.
However, this story is one of many that suggest that a regular supplement of omega 3 fatty acids really could help your brain stay in shape.
Whatever the sceptics say, keep an eye on stories like these. While the scientists twiddle their thumbs, this is definitely worth considering as a way to keep your mind alert and active into old age.
Talking of news stories, a recent email from a reader reminded me of a story I read a while ago…
Last year, The Mail ran with this headline:
‘Kitchen honey better at healing burns than standard NHS treatments, say scientists’
A group of scientists gathered data from 19 trials involving more than 2,500 patients with a range of wounds. They found that honey was better at reducing recovery time for mild to moderate burns than NHS dressings.
I am especially overjoyed by this news, as it’s one of the key benefits of honey as revealed in The Honey Garlic and Vinegar Miracle, one of my finer publications.
I even proved this phenomenon to one of our friends, Detta, last week. She came round to our house with a nasty cut on her chin. She’d fallen off her bicycle.
My remark that the scab looked like she was ‘growing a goatee beard’ didn’t go down well.
My wife frowned. Detta frowned. I laughed.
But I knew I’d be forgiven, because I had an ace up my sleeve…
I quickly produced some of our new season Manuka honey and told her to smear it on her chin and leave it for a few hours while she was with us.
‘This is another one of your weird natural things, isn’t it?’ she said, sceptically, holding a jar of honey in one hand and a spoon in the other.
‘Just do it,’ I insisted. ‘Just don’t leave it on overnight without a dressing or you might get a chin full of ants.’
The next day, she came round to show us – and even I was amazed. I’d tried honey on really minor cuts before, but not on something like this. And really, the swelling was gone, and the scab was fading fast.
In the old days I would have said, ‘This story is anecdotal and not really scientific, so take it or leave it.’
Of course, now scientists believe it’s ‘BETTER than NHS treatments.’
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