Do you enter rooms and immediately forget why? Or maybe you knew that you were supposed to stop by the store after work, but forgot which one. Age-related memory loss is something we all face as we get older, but registered dietitian Dr. Felicia Stoler believes that we may be able to counter some of it. In an interview on MomTalk Radio, the Living Skinny in Fat Genes author advises consuming more tocotrienols, which are found abundantly in Malaysian red palm oil.
Stoler also had a few ideas for lifestyle changes that support our memory and brain health. “Make sure you sleep because there’s some research looking at people who don’t have enough sleep and their memory not working very well. Also with regards to memory loss, do things to keep your mind active: playing games, learning new things, to be a constant lifelong learner.”
In addition to exercising our mental processes, Stoler then discussed dietary changes. “There are foods within the sphere of brain health that I highly encourage people consider. One of which is something called tocotrienols, which come from red Malaysian palm fruit oil. It’s nature’s richest source of vitamin E.”
Natural vitamin E comes in four forms of tocotrienols – which may be neuroprotective – and tocopherols. “The NIH right now is actually funding research looking at tocotrienols and brain health,” Stoler confirmed.
Current research on tocotrienols suggests that tocotrienols may be especially important in regards to stroke. One study discovered that tocotrienols may both protect the brain from stroke damage and improve recovery after a stroke. Another was a two year long, double-blind study on the brain’s white matter, which is the area that affects how well it learns and functions.
Each volunteer underwent MRIs to confirm the presence of white matter lesions (WMLs). One group received 200 mgs. of Tocomin Suprabio (mixed tocotrienols) twice daily for two years, while the others received a placebo. All volunteers were instructed to maintain their regular diets and physical activity levels. MRIs were performed at entry into the study (baseline), and then repeated after one year and again after two years.
There was no statistical difference after the first year; however, results after year two were exciting. At two years of supplementation, the mean WML volume of the placebo group increased whereas those who received palm tocotrienols remained unchanged.
Felicia Stoler is a member of Media Relations Inc.’s panel of highly respected third-party experts. She is compensated to express her own professional opinions, through the media, about certain products.
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