Costa del Sol, S.L.
I hastily and slightly confounded sit down at my
computer. Today is the last day before my departure. I
look forward to my vacation in Mexico with tremendous
joy. I have forgotten everything about the deadline for
my articles, until my son asks me, in passing this morning,
what my plans are for this months’ article.
Owner of the retail chain
ANNI’s VITAL SHOP.
Nurse- & Health specialist, Biopath
and Nutritional Adviser.
It seemed logical after this reminder,
that this month’s article should revolve
around forgetfulness, and what might be
done to reduce it. Even though a lapse of
memory is often considered a bad thing,
it might actually be good for something. I
went on the internet to find some inspiring
words about forgetfulness. The first
thing I found made me very joyful, as
it said forgetful people tend to be more
The study I stumbled across was published
on the 5th of December 2019, so
it is presumably quite relevant. According
to the study from the university of
Toronto, do persons with forgetful tendencies
also tend to be very intelligent, it
was described in Educate Inspire Change.
Professor Richard is one of the coauthors
of the study and he states that one of the
purposes of memory is to make us more
intelligent, so that we may make decisions
under different circumstances. To
be able to do this, is it necessary to forget
information. The brain automatically
deletes unnecessary information, such
as a deadline or a birthday, as the brain
prioritizes other tasks, which it believes
to be more important.
I could happily agree with the study
and proudly showed it to my son, even
though I suspect he did not quite approve
of the idea.
We all forget things from time to time.
A thing, which I have often pondered
is why so many people forget their
umbrellas when they visit the store. In
the almost 30 years I have had Anni’s
Vitalshop, have I never needed to buy an
umbrella. People have simply forgotten
so many umbrellas in the umbrella stand
that there have been plenty of supply to
cover my need.
Another time someone forgot their Porsche car keys in the
store. I thought it was quite interesting, but the owner unfortunately
came back to retrieve it after contacting a couple
of different stores, so I had to give it back. However, it was a
wonderful feeling holding the key in my hand pretending it was
I have also parked the car at shopping malls and had trouble
finding it again. I had borrowed my daughter’s car to
visit the mega mall in Lyngby and whilst I was doing my
shopping, had I completely forgotten the cars registration
number, color, brand etc. and after many walks back and
forth in the parking lot had I reached the point of defeat
and called my daughter for the information and finally
found the car. I was quite embarrassed to say the least.
Common forgetfulness has nothing to do with dementia.
You can, nevertheless, still reduce your lapses
of memory by having healthy dietary habits.
Healthy foods and drinks are important to
It is great to have a diet that includes
fish, plenty of vegetables, fruits, whole
wheat products, and beans. It is important
that you avoid white bread, rice,
pasta, and sugary treats. You should also
avoid artificial sweeteners as much as possible,
especially the ones containing aspartame.
Be aware that aspartame can have
many different names in different foods.
When you eat fish, then make sure you get
plenty of the fatty ones, such as salmon,
mackerel, and different kinds of
What we call the
is a reference to a
diet where the
of dairy products
you would like to
have some meat, then
it is best to
have the light and fat free meats, such as turkey or chicken.
It is especially good to eat carrots, broccoli, beans, peppers,
spinach, and onions. If you do not have access to
fresh vegetables, then it might be a good idea to have a
small storage of frozen vegetables.
Remember to use plenty of healthy oils such as olive oil and
flaxseed oil. When I write about flaxseed oil, then I have to
talk about the now diseased Dr. Johanne Budwig, who have
u l l y
u s e d
a Budwig center in
A group of researchers at
Columbia Medical Center in
New York did, in 2009, show
that if you follow the Mediterranean
diet, then you have a reduced chance
of developing memory problems. Stay
away from industrially pre-processed foods.
Rancid fat, which is very unhealthy, can be
hidden in many of these dishes, such as pastries,
salad dressings, pizza, etc. Forgetfulness
can be increased, if you do not get enough water
or drink too much alcohol. You should also stay
away from sodas and energy drinks. Some medications
also increase forgetfulness.
You should likewise to careful if you use chemical solvents
or other intoxicants. Smoking can also have a negative
effect on your memory.
There are some European studies that have shown that
a moderate intake of coffee can aid memory, but stick to
moderate amounts, such as two cups daily. Coffee is a
powerful stimulant and can be stressful for our bodies.
A couple of cups of green tea daily, can also help protect
Tips for forgetfulness
To be forgetful is an annoying factor
most people would like to avoid.
Luckily there are many small things you
can be mindful of, to reduces your forgetfulness.
• I would recommend, as a good base, a multivitamin/mineral product,
not just to avoid too many lapses in memory, but also to generally
strengthen your health. These exists both in tablet and in liquid form,
where all the amino acids are included, or as a spray. There is something
• It is furthermore important with a quality omega-3 product. These
exist both as capsules and liquids. If you are a vegetarian or vegan, then
there exists a vast selection of products, where the omega-3 is extracted
from sea algae.
• It has been shown that a lack of vitamin-D can increase forgetfulness.
An article published by Kasper Jørgensen in 2010 concludes, that different
studies show that vitamin-D, besides having a positive effect on
osteoporosis, also influences the brain and memory.
• Ginkgo Biloba is known by most of us. It is a great and effective aid
for both memory and concentration. The product also helps with cold
feet and hands.
• Zinc has more than 180 functions in our body, one of the functions
is that it promotes the learning ability and thereby aids our memory.
• Multiple studies have shown that vitamin-E can be good for the
• Selenium is especially great when paired with vitamin-E. They work
together closely in the body. Many people are affected by selenium
deficiency, it is reflected in many afflictions such a heart disease and
cancer. Selenium also helps with mental functioning.
• Vitamin-C is effective and important for your memory. The dosage can
vary a lot depending on your needs, which is very different depending
on the individual. I myself, take 1000 – 2000 mg daily. I preferably take
them in combination with bioflavonoids, as it enhances the effect of
• Studies have shown that 20% of people above age 65 have a B12 deficiency.
B12 is important for our mental faculties and our psychological
balance. B12 is available as lozenges, which is the best way to ensure
absorption of the vitamin, together with tables and spray.
• It can also be a good idea to simultaneously supplement with a complex
of different vitamin-Bs. Many people have a vitamin-B deficiency,
which can lead to tiredness, drowsiness, and forgetfulness.
• Bacopa has for many years been used in the ayurvedic medicine to
support memory and the ability to concentrate and learn new things.
Bacopa exists in different concentration manufactured by different
• Garlic strengthens the immune system and protects the brain against
• Ginseng can also stimulate our brain.
• Phosphatidylserine is a product extracted from soya, that can help support
memory and provide mental clearness.
• Stress is one of the important things you
should avoid as much as possible. It was
most likely stress that played a factor when I
forgot to pick up my son from kindergarten
roughly 45 years ago. They had to call me
and ask why he was not being collected. It is
one of the episodes I am most embarrassed
• Make sure that you get a sufficient amount
of sleep. Sleep deprivation affects short-term
memory. Make sure to get at least 8 hours
of night-time sleep without your computer,
smartphone, or TV in the bedroom. Sufficient
sleep is a very important factor to not
become forgetful. Turn off the TV before the
late-night crime show starts or have the discipline
to turn of that one series from Netflix
that you cannot seem to remove yourself
from. If you feel your memory is impaired, is
it often caused by insufficient sleep.
• Make sure you get plenty of exercise. When
you ensure that your body is active, then
your mind will follow suit. The daily training
will improve both your concentration and
your ability to learn.
• Remember to use your memory. Leave your
sticky notes at home and train yourself to
remember what you need to shop.
• Learn a new language. This will really get
your brain working.
• Make sure that you get plenty of laughter
every day. I recently heard in a radio broadcast,
how we with age laugh less and less
and what kind of consequences it could
have for our joy of life. It is important to stay
positive and open.
• Keep your life in order and make sure that
your things are in their proper places. This
especially goes for things such as your glasses,
phone, and keys.
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