Everyone’s had that moment – when the keys or some other object is misplaced and then the immediate worry that comes with it as you wonder if the memory lapse is a normal sign of aging or something more. In fact, more than two in five adults age 50–64 (44%) worry about developing progressive memory decline, according to the University of Michigan National Poll on Healthy Aging . Yet there are many ways to support a healthy brain at any age. Here are four tips that have been shown in research to give your brain a boost.

Get Your Blood Flowing:

When you have healthy blood flow, organs like your brain receive the oxygen and nutrients needed to perform at their best. One way to support healthy blood flow is by boosting your body’s own nitric oxide through cocoa flavanols, the powerful plant-based nutrient found in natural cocoa beans. Unfortunately, eating a little bit of chocolate won’t really do the trick, but a high concentration of cocoa flavanols can be found in a supplement form called CocoaVia™ with a guaranteed 450mg of cocoa flavanols per serving. It comes in capsules or powdered drink mixes that can jazz up your morning coffee, hot chocolate, smoothies and more.

Take on a New Challenge:

Challenging the brain does not mean you need to learn quantum physics (but if that’s something you enjoy, do it!). In fact, some of the most popular activities enjoyed by all ages can be beneficial to your brain without you even realizing it. For example, research published in Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience said that working on a jigsaw puzzle uses multiple cognitive abilities. Likewise, playing cards, checkers or doing crossword puzzles may also be beneficial.

Go for a Walk (or Run):

In addition to helping muscles and metabolism, a moderate activity like a fast walk, or something more rigorous, like a run, can help support the brain regions responsible for learning and memory, according to the National Institute on Aging. Researchers are studying how this may also impact Alzheimer’s Disease.

Hit the Hay:

When leading busy lives, it is easy to forget about how important sleep is for maintaining health. Specifically for your brain, sleeping removes the toxins that have built up in it while awake, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. This might be one of the reasons why “sleeping on it” is recommended for people that are feeling stress.

Boosting your brain health doesn’t need to be a complicated equation. Instead, incorporating simple lifestyle activities that can have multiple benefits, along with a daily supplement  to promote healthy blood flow like CocoaVia™, can get you on your way to staying healthy from head to toe. Of course, any questions or concerns should be discussed with a medical professional to come up with a personalized plan.

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