Memory Lapses Associated With Anxiety

At the very outset, it is important to emphasize the fact that memory lapses have nothing to do with Alzheimer’s disease. However, it can be an annoyance, but when it is associated with anxiety, it tends to put us in a state of suspense, particularly when the problem continues to persist. Actually, advancing age increases the likelihood  of developing memory loss, known as age-associated memory impairment (AAMI). It is estimated that about forty percent of Americans over the age of sixty-five experience AAMI as they grow older; however, the problem is not altogether attributable to aging. There can be occasional memory lapses, such as misplacing car keys or forgetting something at the store.  It can happen at any age. 

Lack of insufficient supply of nutrients to the brain, such as B-vitamins and amino acids, is the reason why many people suffer from this problem. The brain relies on substances known as neurotransmitters which are chemicals that can be compared to electrical switches. A power failure or short circuit can result because of an inadequate supply of neurotransmitters (switches) that help trigger memory.

There are also other factors that are attributable to memory lapses,  such as exposure to free radicals, alcohol and drugs, which is why drug and alcohol addicts generally suffer from the problem. In addition, allergies, candidiasis, stress, thyroid disorders and poor circulation to the brain can cause lapses of memory.  Studies have shown that hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) can also contribute to the problem.


1) Eat a diet off raw foods, brown rice, fish, legumes, millet, nuts, soybeans, tofu, wheat germ and whole grains.

2) Eat more blueberries and spinach. Flavonoids contained in these foods can help memory retention.

3) Get correct amounts of amino acids, antioxidants, B-vitamins, choline, Co-enzyme Q10 and iron either from your diet or by way of supplements..

4)  Abstain from refined sugars that can turn off the switches of the brain.

5)  Try to reduce stress.

6)   Get proper amount of rest.

Studies have shown that the key to maintaining good memory is attitude.  Generally, attitudes change with aging, resulting in a change of motivation to remember things.

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