When it comes to aging, we'd all sign up for the getting wiser part. it's theabsentmindedness we could do without. Approximately 40% of adults ages 50 to 60 are starting to slip a bit in the memory department--and so are more than 50% of those ages 60 to 69.
Here's some good news: New research demonstrates that age-related memory loss is not inevitable. "Even as it's aging, the brain is making new cells," says Parris Kidd, Ph.D., a cell biologist and nutrition expert in El Cerrito, California. "The challenge is to find a way to make the new circuits that were lost as time goes by."
Memory experts are now focusing on phosphatidyl-serine (PS), a naturally produced, fat-soluble nutrient. Found throughout our bodies, PS works particularly hard in the brain to improve brain cell communication and regulate serotonin and dopamine--both mood-related chemicals. Though it's unclear whether or not PS levels diminish over time, Kidd theorizes that as we age, we need more of it to build the new communication pathways that are so critical for brain function.