Here’s what to eat to boost your memory.
The brain produces new brain cells at any age. But just like muscle strength, brain power needs to be honed and maintained – use it or lose it. As we grow older, the hippocampus (the part of the brain that is involved in creating and retrieving memories) often deteriorates. The good news is, our lifestyles and daily habits largely impact our brain health. There are many ways we can sharpen our cognitive skills, prevent or delay memory loss, and protect our grey matter.
You may exercise your body regularly with physical activities, and challenge your mind with puzzles such as Sudoku or Scrabble. You may take up a new language to keep your brain active and boost mental fitness. However, what your brain really needs to stay sharp is “memory food”. Your whole body requires the right nutrients to keep it strong and healthy – and likewise for your brain. It needs a host of nutrients such as proteins, vitamins, fat, and sugars to stay sharp, guard against cell damage, and function properly.
These are some nutrients that give your brain a memory boost:
Omega-3 fatty acids
These fatty acids that are not found in the body help keep dementia at bay and improve memory. They are mostly found in fatty cold-water fish such as salmon, mackerel, and trout.
Vitamins C, B12, E, and folic acid are essential to a brain-healthy diet. A variety of fruits and vegetables — as well as legumes such as beans — in the diet can provide plenty of vitamins for a memory boost.
Unsaturated fatty acids
These heart-healthy fats can also help to reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s, and are mostly found in foods like avocado, walnuts, peanuts, pecans, and olive and sesame oils.
Brightly coloured fruits
Dark berries in particular, such as blackberries, strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries, help to keep blood vessels in the brain clear and prevent brain cell damage. These fruits have been shown to reverse age-related memory lapses in humans and animals. Other options include oranges, red grapes, cherries, and plums.
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14 Dec 2016