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Word recall issues

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You’re writing an email and suddenly, you can’t remember the word you’re trying to say. It seems impossible that you could forget it, but—just like that—it’s gone! Don’t fret. While forgetfulness can be a common part of aging, this symptom—also known as anomic aphasia—can also pop up when there’s inflammation in the central nervous system, a tumor, or any kind of brain injury (such as a stroke or head injury). That means that lots of people, from athletes to Lymies and people with multiple sclerosis can…what’s the word? Oh, relate. If that word is at the tip of your tongue and you can’t get it out, don’t stress. Instead, talk to your practitioner and try to find the root cause. You can consider all-natural remedies like vitamins, omega-3s and gingko, which may help alleviate memory loss in general. Some also say treatment with nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD) and phosphatidylcholine, both of which play a role in cellular function, can also boost mental clarity. Worst case scenario: you don’t remember the word, and you substitute a word you can think of instead. Then you laugh about it, and get on with your day!

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