Calcium and Memory: How to Save Your Memory

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As we get older, our memory becomes poor and it is harder and harder to learn new things. Some people believe that memory loss is caused by brain cells gradually dying off but that is not true. So, what causes age-related cognitive impairment?



Why our memory become poor with age?


Researchers at the University of Leicester recently found that calcium levels in specific cells in the brain can be a crucial factor.


Previous researches have only concentrated on postsynaptic cells, the ones which receive neurotransmitter "message". But the latest study found a way to measure calcium levels in presynaptic cells, the ones which deliver neurotransmitter "message".


Researchers developed a special strain of mice which can express a calcium-sensing fluorescent protein within the presynaptic parts. They used mazes and object recognition tests to study the cognitive functions of mice at ages of 6, 12, 18 and 24 months.



It turned out that there is a clear correlation between cognitive ability and presynaptic calcium levels. The older the mouse is, the higher presynaptic calcium level it gets.


The most fascinating thing is that lowering calcium level in old mouse can rejuvenate their synapses and thus increase their memory. This result obviously has enormous potential significance for age-related health issues in humans.


Last but not the least, although calcium level becomes higher with age, there are still ways that can postpone the process.



Some tips to help you improve memory


1. Do physical exercises


Physical activities can increase blood flow to your whole body including your brain. Department of Health and Human Services recommends at least 150 minutes a week of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes a week of vigorous aerobic activity. You can try brisk walking for the former and jogging for the later.



2. Do mental exercises


Mental activities can also help keep your brain in shape. You can:

Play a musical instrument

Play bridge

Play crossword puzzles

Take alternate routes when driving

Do volunteer work at a local school or community organization



3. Live a regular life


Having good living habits can help keep memory loss at bay. You should:

Sleep well

Keep to-do lists

Limit distractions and don't do too many things at once

Set aside a place for your essentials such as wallet and keys



4. Eat a healthy diet


A healthy diet might be as good for your brain and heart. You should eat:



Whole grains

Low-fat protein sources such as fish, beans and skinless poultry


4 Answers

These messages are for mutual support and information sharing only. Always consult your doctor before trying anything you read here.
How can I lower the calcium level? Should we start to eat low calcium foods?
Eating low calcium foods may cause low calcium levels in your blood and bones, which may lead to osteoporosis and other diseases. It's difficult to control the exact amount of calcium you take for brain health as well as bone health. The best thing you can do is to follow the steps above to sharpen your memories.
How can you lower calcium levels in the brain especially when you take supplemental calcium for the bones?
You cannot control the calcium level in your brain if you are talking supplement. My advice is to follow the above tips to improve your memory.
Fruits,vegetables, whilole grains,low fat protein,
Good living habits , sleep well, limit stress, a home for everything, to do lists
I see you are learning. Don't give up halfway!