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Improving Cognitive Function and Memory

Improving Cognitive Function and Memory

Focus. It’s one simple word that we tell ourselves to try and center our attention on one thing. But with social media, world events, and an ever-growing list of personal responsibilities, we face moments daily where we find it difficult to focus.

What stops us from concentrating? 

 As we age, we naturally forget things. Decreased concentration can be coupled with memory loss, and head or brain injuries like concussions or mental health conditions can also play a role in our faltering concentration. Underlying medical conditions including sleep apnea and psychological conditions like anxiety, depression, and stress can also have a negative impact on our overall cognitive function.

Improving our concentration

The good news? No one is doomed to a life of poor concentration. There are plenty of ways to improve concentration and actively combat brain fog. Neurosurgeon Dr. Bowen Jiang notes that our brains are highly adaptable, adding, “With the right tools, it’s possible to diminish the effects of brain fog. Adopting an active lifestyle and a healthier diet can help you feel your best—and give you the clarity you need.”

To start, you can leverage the power of No. 8’s Focus gummies. They contain a patented plant-based version of phosphatidylserine, which is essential for healthy brain function. Studies have shown that Sharp-PS® can help improve mechanisms that are responsible for learning and memory function.

“Phosphatidylserine plays an important role in keeping your mind and memory sharp,” Dr. Jiang explains. “But it naturally decreases as you age. Sharp-PS® is a plant-based form of phosphatidylserine, a phospholipid found naturally in our brains. Our No. 8 Focus gummies replenish this vital nutrient, supporting functions like the release of neurotransmitters in the brain and the activation of neuron survival mechanisms, and activation of membrane and learning mechanisms also referred to as synaptic plasticity.”

Neuropsychiatrist Dr. Octavio Choi has also provided multiple practices and exercises that can be implemented into our day-to-day that can help improve our memory, which include:

  • Active observation: To test your observation skills, go for a walk and task yourself with noticing major landmarks so you can mentally walk back later; remember something about someone when you see them last and work to recall it or try to remember three things about the opening credits for your favorite show.

  • Mental snapshot: Try to mentally picture items that may belong in specific settings, or create visual images in your brain of common objects but task yourself with making them look just slightly off.

  • Connect snapshots: Create acronyms for yourself to remember items on your shopping list, or go for a walk and remember three things you see to later recall, collecting them through snaps like melting images together or layering images on top of one another.
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