To preserve his memory as long as possible, we would like to find natural and risk-free solutions. Three plants can help the brain work better. “Each has proven its effectiveness,” says Dr. Louis Teulières, phytotherapist. They even enter into the composition of certain drugs, with a certain advantage: the absence of undesirable effects and contraindications. “
Associated with good habits – sufficient sleep, as few toxins as possible (tobacco and alcohol), a balanced and varied diet – herbal medicine helps to boost your neurons and D’maintain his memory.
Ginkgo biloba helps the brain function
Ginkgo biloba is the subject of much research. Its active principle – molecules in the name of ginkgolides – causes a dilation of blood vessels which irrigate the brain, including microvessels, which facilitates its oxygenation and its “food”. The brain needs 20% of the oxygen in the blood and half of the circulating glucose.
Cognitive abilities are improved, and brain aging, the first manifestation of which is immediate memory loss, is delayed, says Dr Teulières.
A flagship drug, Tanakan, has certainly been “devalued” by the decision, in 2012, to no longer reimburse it. Corn ginkgo biloba is recognized by the World Health Organization and the European Plant Assessment Body, Escop, for the symptomatic treatment of mild to moderate brain deficits, memory loss and impaired concentration.
The user manual : standardized extracts must contain 2-5% ginkgolides to be effective. Take 600 mg of whole dry extract per day in a three-month course.
Green tea protects neurons
Medicines available today to treat people with mild to moderately severe forms of Alzheimer’s diseaseare anticholinesterases, that is to say molecules that prevent the degradation of acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter very strongly involved in memory.
However, green teas contain theanine, an amino acid precisely used to make acetylcholine. In sufficient quantity, the latter can therefore attach to its receptors located at the synapses of neurons, and thus facilitate the transmission of information, explains the doctor.
Another advantage of green tea is its rich in antioxidants, guarantors of the preservation of neurons. It also increases, in lesser and more variable proportions, the cerebral levels of dopamine and of serotonin, respectively invigorating and soothing. Finally, green tea contains theine (and therefore caffeine), which preserves the microvessels of the brain and protects against Alzheimer’s disease, at least in laboratory mice.
The user manual : drink about 5 cups of green tea per day, or opt for a standardized dry extract, i.e. 1 g per day. Be careful, green tea, because of its tannins, prevents the intestinal absorption of iron! Drink one to two hours before or after a meal.
Rhodiola rosea fights against stress
The brain is obviously more alert when we are little stressed, less tired, reinforced by a better emotional stability. This general well-being makes it possible to print items of memory more reliably.
Rhodiola is sort of dopamine in plants. The result is an improvement in attention, learning and memory capacities, observes Dr. Teulières.
It is for this reason that rhodiola, also called “tundra ginseng”, Is interesting. Its rhizome contains glutamic acid which behaves like dopamine, hormone of pleasure, reward, and emblematic neurotransmitter of well-being.
The user manual : in fluid or dry extracts, a capsule dosed at 100/200 mg morning and noon, for example, in cures of three weeks to one month.
To better retain information and waterproof your memory against stress, there are also other plants that Caroline Gayet, a dietitian trained in herbal medicine