Memory Is All We Are

If you find you are experiencing memory problems such as remembering what you are saying when interrupted in a conversation, or misplacing your keys, wallet or glasses more frequently or you write things down more regularly so you don’t forget them, you may find the neurotransmitter, acetylcholine is depleted. Acetylcholine  is a neurotransmitter that plays an essential role in the chemistry of  your brain and also helps in the function of your nervous system.

The primary building block to this transmitter is choline, which is related to the family of B-complex vitamins.  As a neurotransmitter, acetylcholine supports cognitive functions such as memory and formation of thoughts. Adequate amounts of choline are important to keeping the cell membranes of the brain healthy. Your brain contains 100 billion brain cells with trillions of supportive cells to protect and defend them. Each connection meet at the cell membrane so if those membranes are not healthy, the speed of communication of communications slows down.  Cell membranes are made from many things and choline is one such ingredient. Dr. Mark Hyman says if the cell membranes are your brain’s ears the phosphatidylcholine  and  phosphatidylserine are the brain’s eardrums.

A good dietary source of choline is lean beef, pork, chicken and turkey and tilapia.  Dairy foods, such as skim milk, low fat cheeses,  sour cream and yogurt are also good choices.  Eggs and lecithin from soy are also high in choline as well as vegetables such as artichokes, broccoli, brussel sprouts, and cabbage.

You can also purchase choline as a supplement.  Huperzine A is a compound that seems to work by increasing the availability of acetylcholine.  According to Dr. Daniel Amen it has been shown to be effective in helping learning and memory in teenagers as well as improved cognitive impairment from several different types of dementia.  “Memory is all we are. Moments and feelings, captured in amber, strung on filaments of reason. Take a man’s memories and you take all of him. Chip away a memory at a time and you destroy him as surely as if you hammered nail after nail through his skull.” Mark Lawrence, King of Thorns.

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