Could your cognitive performance be pre-disposed by your genes

Have you ever experienced that feeling of frustration when you cannot find your words but somehow you know it is there; however, it does not seem to be available for you at this very moment?

Have you ever experienced that feeling of frustration when you cannot find your words but somehow you know it is there; however, it does not seem to be available for you at this very moment? It is a common thing for our mind to go blank and we pretty much all get affected by temporary memory at some point in our life. 

Your instant memory loss can be related to many things, from lack of sleep, stress or even an overload of heavy metal toxicity in your blood. For some of us, those occurrences can seem to be more frequent and growing old tends to take a greater toll in it becoming an issue. 

Can we be predisposed to temporary and instant memory loss? And what can you do about it and how can you prevent it?

Meet AKAP6 & MIR2113 genes.

Following the recent study, we found that AKAP6 is associated with performance across multiple cognitive domains at baseline but not with cognitive decline, while MIR2113 primarily affects the rate at which memory declines over time. Certain variants of these genes will tell us whether or not improving your cognitive abilities should be a priority for you to help with avoiding its decline over time.

It is important to remember that one of the Omnos key beliefs is that your genes are not your fate!

There are many things you can do to learn new information and retain it. The same practices that contribute to healthy ageing and physical vitality also contribute to a healthy memory. 

So here are few tips on how to maintain a vivid memory:

  • Exercise Regularly. Regular exercise boosts brain growth factors and encourages the development of new brain cells. Exercise also reduces the risk for disorders that lead to memory loss, such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Exercise also makes a huge difference in managing stress and alleviating anxiety and depression—all of which leads to a healthier brain function.
  • Stay Social. People who don’t have social contact with family and friends are at higher risk of memory problems than people who have strong social ties. Social interaction helps brain function in several ways: it often involves activities that challenge the mind, and it helps ward off stress and depression. So join a book club, reconnect with old friends, or visit the local senior centre. Being with other people will help keep you sharp!
  • Eat Plenty of Fruits, Vegetables and Omega-3 Fats. Antioxidants, found in abundance in fresh produce, literally keep your brain cells from “rusting.” And foods rich in omega-3 fats (such as salmon, tuna, trout, walnuts, and flaxseed) are particularly good for your brain and memory. Also avoid saturated and trans fats, which helps cholesterol levels and reduces your risk of stroke.
  • Manage Stress. Cortisol, the stress hormone, damages the brain over time and can lead to memory problems. But even before that happens, stress causes memory difficulties at the moment. When you’re stressed out, you’re more likely to suffer memory lapses and have trouble learning and concentrating.
  • Get Plenty of Sleep. Sleep is necessary for memory consolidation, the process of forming and storing new memories so you can retrieve them later. Sleep deprivation also reduces the growth of new neurons in the hippocampus and causes problems with memory, concentration, and decision-making. It can even lead to depression—another memory killer. 
  • Don’t Smoke. Smoking heightens the risk of vascular disorders that can cause stroke and constrict arteries that deliver oxygen to the brain.

 

We all would reap the benefit of a healthy and optimised brain, which would help us to reach top performance in our daily life. When most of the above sound obvious, if memory loss is one of your concerns, make sure to try and implement all the above as habits in your lifestyle. 

Once again outdoors activities and socialising with your friends has been proven to be way more efficient than any medicine available to activate brain activities and performance. So ditch the pill and do the real thing!

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