Perhaps you find it ridiculous that simply chewing a piece of gum can boost your memory, but researchers may disagree. Japanese scientists now claim that such a thing as gum chewing could actually improve a person’s memory. They say that it has a scientific basis for doing so because it triggers the hippocampus, which is the part of the brain responsible for memory retention.
The trigger is the insulin receptors in the hippocampus which are activated when you chew. This signals the body to release insulin because it is expecting food. Due to insulin release, the body is able to absorb more glucose, which is the essential compound necessary to form energy that the brain needs to function.
Tests were conducted as a double blind procedure on a number of volunteers. The results showed that the gum chewers scored 24% higher than those who did not.
It was concluded that gum chewing signals the body to release more insulin that would enable the brain to absorb more glucose in the hippocampus. The insulin receptors in the hippocampus are the necessary trigger that would improve the brain’s function. However, some scientists say it is highly speculative at this point. It still requires further testing and more data in order to prove their claim.
Though a direct connection could not be established, researchers say that it is a good start. The results showed that there is indeed improvement in the individual’s memory.
Remember that chewing gum is only a tool. It is not a guarantee that you will pass your test in flying colors. There is still a need for you to read books and other things that would add to your memory. Even though you chew a lot of gum, it is still useless if you do not feed your mind. There is still a need for you to input the information into your brain.
Chewing helps to speed up how you retain things. However, it is only good when you compliment it with a good study habit. It is not a reason for you to slack off. Good preparation is still the key for success.
As an OT I am a true believer in this theory for the fact that is also provides movement, which helps improve concentration and focus. I enjoyed this article, and hope they continue with research on this subject. I believe gum would be a good tool in the schools, with the proper rules for use.