Best ways to improve memory


Improving memory can be achieved through a variety of strategies that affect both the brain's overall health and its specific neural circuitry. Here are some methods discussed by :

  1. Basic Health Habits:

    • Get quality sleep. It's a foundation for mental and physical health and poor sleep is linked to cognitive issues and dementia 1.
    • Regular cardiovascular exercise, at least 150-180 minutes per week, for overall brain health via improved blood and oxygen flow to the brain 1.
  2. Neurochemical Stimulation:

    • Emotional saliency during learning can greatly impact memory. Intense emotions following learning enhance memory through the release of epinephrine and corticosteroids like cortisol 2.
    • Caffeine after learning can boost memory retention by spiking adrenaline. Abstaining from caffeine while learning and then ingesting it after can be effective 3.

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  3. Physical Stimuli:

    • Deliberate cold exposure increases epinephrine levels, which can consolidate memories and improve concentration and focus 4.
  4. Repetition:

    • Iterative rehearsal or reciting strengthens the connections between neurons in specific sequences, enhancing memory 5.
  5. Exercise:

    • Cardiovascular exercise increases neurogenesis in the hippocampus’s dentate gyrus, which is crucial for memory formation 6.
  6. Nutrition:

    • Supplementing with L-tyrosine and possibly macuna pruriens can improve working memory capacity, particularly in multitasking situations. Consult with a healthcare provider before starting supplementation 7.

Additionally, as per the upcoming guest on the show, Wendy Suzuki, specifically zone two cardiovascular exercise, which allows for just barely holding a conversation, for a total of 180-200 minutes per week, seems to be a minimum threshold for neurogenesis-related health benefits 6.

In conclusion, strategies to improve memory include basic health maintenance, manipulating neurochemical states, physical stimuli like cold exposure, repetition, exercise, and certain nutritional supplements, always making sure to consult with a healthcare provider before starting any new regimen.