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Brain function and memory can worsen with age. This can cause problems with focus, fatigue, and poor mood.
Brain training and healthy habits can help maintain mental function. Natural therapies have also been used to improve memory and attention.
These therapies are likely to improve memory:
These therapies may improve memory:
These therapies are unlikely to have benefit:
Editorial process and description of evidence categories can be found at EBSCO NAT Editorial Process.
Talk to your doctor about any supplements or therapy you would like to use. Some can interfere with treatment or make conditions worse, such as:
Herbs and Supplements
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Last reviewed February 2020 by EBSCO NAT Review Board Eric Hurwitz, DC Last Updated: 5/29/2020