Memory formation is an indicator of the many facets of brain health. Being able to form memories and recall them when prompted, as we are prompted during exams, may seem to take a lot of effort. In reality, memory formation is an innate, almost effortless task in a healthy brain. Memory formation is affected by the state of the brain when the information is being presented as well as the state of the brain when the information is being recalled.
Being alert may significantly assist with memory formation. After all, no one wants to study for an exam while sleepy. At the same time, being over-wired and jittery leads to almost no memory formation as the system is too anxious to be able to zero in on the information and recall it. Balanced stimulants like green tea or even matcha provide a good ratio of both the stimulating caffeine as well as the calming l-theanine to wake up the brain and maintain a more sustainable alert state.
Speaking of being jittery, overall stress, even regular daily stress may significantly impact memory. As many go about their daily life in a fight or flight state, the brain is not able to sustain alertness and support healthy memory formation. In such cases, an adaptogen like medicinal mushrooms, and botanicals may help the body regulate stress neurotransmitters and hormones.
Assuring healthy brain blood flow and neuronal processing may be the single most important factor to support healthy memory. Bodies that have a less-than-healthy diet may be in a long-term low-grade state of inflammation. The accumulation of fat tissue, on its own, without the addition of extra stressors of toxins may be enough to promote the body to shunt blood flow to areas of inflammation and concern. In such states, areas of congestion take the attention of the body away from supporting the brain. Some of the best "blood moving" or "blood flow enhancers" are not only good at enhancing memory, but they are also good anti-inflammatories, decongestants and overall system detoxification agents. Such agents allow the blood flow to bring nutrients and remove metabolite accumulation in many places in the body.
Alertness Increasing Agents
Lion’s Mane Mushroom
Stress Adaptation Agents
Brain Blood Flow Enhancers