Some degree of memory problems, as well as a modest decline in other thinking skills, is a fairly common part of aging. Annoying senior moments are the result of a decline in brain activity that shows up in the 50s and affects most people older than age 65. Scientists don’t know whether age-related memory loss is caused by decreased blood flow to the brain or loss of brain cells. Regardless, many different areas of the brain can be affected.
Select essential nutrients are critical for normal brain function, including: chromium, selenium, zinc, folic acid, vitamins C, E, B12, and B6, pantothenic acid, thiamin, riboflavin and niacin. Other nutrients help slow brain aging and reduce the risk of impaired cognition. These are omega-3s, the B vitamins, and vitamins E, C and D.