Memory loss naturally occurs as we progress in age, but you can retain more of your mental acuity and cherished memories by eating well.
The brain is a muscle that must be stimulated like all other muscles of the body in order to function well, but the food you eat can do most of the work. Of course, brain-stimulating exercises are also quite beneficial.
Boost Your Brain Power
One of your greatest defenses against memory loss, aside from the foods you eat, is plain old R & R (rest and relaxation). According to a recent sleep study, an uninterrupted 7-8 hours of peaceful sleep can dramatically lower your risk for developing brain plaques and neural tangles that can lead to memory loss and Alzheimer’s Disease.
Blueberries and blackberries are usually at the top of the list of foods that help the brain work better, but there are other memory-protecting foods that, though little known, can still be considered superfoods in their own right.
Apples with their skin are similar to blueberries and blackberries in that they contain anthocyanins and quercetin, which are believed to slow down the progression of age-related memory loss by promoting blood flow through vessels to the brain. Quercetin and anthocyanins can also be found in abundance within red and black grapes, red cabbage and red onions, and all that’s needed is a half a cup three days out of the week.
Caffeinated coffee temporarily improves memory skills and reaction time. The caffeine stimulates nerve cells in the brain’s prefrontal cortex region. Just two 8-ounce cups of caffeinated coffee on a daily basis is sufficient.
Walnuts are rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Walnuts protect the brain and help it retain memories. Its amazing resemblance to the brain practically gives it away. It is recommended that you consume up to 60 grams of walnuts on a regular basis, being sure to keep them properly stored and refrigerated prior to eating them.
Herring and other omega-3-rich foods slow age-related memory decline because these fatty acids promote blood flow to the brain. Omega-3 is largely found in fortified eggs, fatty fish and dark, leafy vegetables like spinach. It is recommended that you eat three to four ounces of herring or other fatty fish three times a week, or two eggs three times a week.
Spinach contains flavonoids that help defend against memory loss that occurs with old age. You can eat it fresh as the base for your favorite salad or cooked to bring out more of the nutrients.
Celery is full of antioxidants, which protect against brain inflammation and slow the process of dementia so that your memories are preserved for as long as possible.
Lentils contain a good amount of folic acid, which is believed to help memory by keeping blood vessels healthy and lowering homocysteine – just a half cup of cooked lentils everyday.