You know that blogging is my outlet not only to release stress but also to release memories that cannot stay too long with my brain. I think that if I’d let my brain cells hold on to too many memories, one day they might explode and I can’t remember a thing anymore.
My problem is with remembering facts, dates of events (including small and detailed happenings), names of new people I meet and certain notes I choose to forget that are nonetheless still important and should be kept intact to my memory. I’d like to think that our brain’s memory functions like that of the computer’s. We can enter information and let it stay there but we also have to put out information once it is nearly full.
However, in reality, the human’s brain is not like that. We can actually store loads and loads of facts, senses, feelings and memories from our day-to-day lives in there only if we can improve our memory to the maximum ability our brain can put forth. One way to do this is to exercise our memory with the use of these techniques: visualization, chaining, linking and acrostics.
When I was a student, I used different types of mnemonics to help me remember answers to my exams. I am strong in picturing things and relating them to my studies. Often I write them all on paper, to see how far I have memorized and understood things I read from the book or heard from the lecturer’s discussion.
Mind you, I also compose rhythms of songs and sing sentences together—including complicated ones with technical jargons. I have tried different stuff that helped me remember. But I think all these will not happen successfully also when I don’t take ashitaba.
Truth be told, I set myself as an experiment on the effects of ashitaba on improving memory. There was a period when I do my “remembering tactics” without taking ashitaba and another time when I keep doing the same memory techniques while taking ashitaba every day. The result is that I tend to remember things more cohesively and meritoriously when I take this superfood.
Then I made my research on ashitaba’s relationship with the nerve growth factor, a protein essential in the development and survival of certain neurons in both the central and peripheral nervous systems, found in the brain. Discovery by the scientists at the Biomedical Group of TAKARA Shuzo Co Ltd stated that the Nerve Growth Factor (NGF) is enhanced by several compounds contained in ashitaba. They found that NGF contains a protein that is effective in preventing and treating Alzheimer-type dementia and diabetic peripheral neuropathy. And ashitaba is a catalyst as it serves to enhance the passage of blood to the brain and increase the concentration of the NGF.
Chalcones inside ashitaba have also been uncovered to stimulate the production of Nerve Growth Factor which is synthesized in minute amounts in the body. Chalcones are essential in the development and survival of certain neurons (nerve cells) in the peripheral and central nervous system. Evidence was created when a group of scientists from the Biomedical Group in Takara, Japan officiated an animal study. Result was that there was a 20 percent increase in nerve growth factor concentration in animals taking ashitaba for just four days.
So let your body cleanse, nourish and heal itself with ashitaba and improve your brain’s memory functions at one go.