We can all forget things from time to time, though as we get older, the more we forget, the more we may think there’s a bigger neurological issue at play. While this could be true and you should see your doctor if you’re really concerned, often memory loss is a result of the ‘use it or lose it’ principle.
Also, what you eat can have an impact on your brain health, much like your overall health.
Luckily, there are some simple way to minimise this decline and improve our memory, and it starts with these foods:
Fish and seafood are the main source of Omega-3 fatty acids in the diet, which are necessary from brain health. The oilier the fish, the richer it is in Omega-3 fatty acids, and the better it is for you.
Recent data shows that 60 per cent of Australian adults don’t meet the Australian Dietary Guidelines of consuming fish at least 2-3 times per week so adding more fish into the weekly menu can be the easiest way to reach your Omega-3 target.
Many of us eat eggs on a semi-regular basis, but if you’ve been looking for a reason to eat more, this is it. Apart from being full of protein, eggs are a source of Omega-3 and have vital nutrients that help to start your day and help get that memory working.
Celery is a rich source of luteolin, a plant compound that may calm inflammation in your brain, which is a primary cause of neurodegeneration.
Not only do blueberries taste great, they’re excellent for your brain as well. Since they’re high in fibre and low on the glycemic index, they are safe for diabetics and they do not spike blood sugar. Blueberries are possibly the best brain food on earth: they have been linked to reduced risk for Alzheimer’s, shown to improve learning ability and motor skills, and they are one of the most powerful anti-stress foods you can eat.
Hazelnuts, cashews, almonds and walnuts are all excellent sources of protein, fibre, and they are rich in beneficial fats. Nuts also contain plenty of vitamin E, which is essential to cognitive function. You don’t have to eat raw, plain, unsalted nuts, but try to avoid the ones with a lot of sweetening or seasoning blends.
Broccoli is an amazing source of choline, a chemical which boosts cognitive function, improves learning and memory, and even diminish age-related memory decline and your brain’s vulnerability to toxins.
7. Dark chocolate
The flavonols in chocolate improve blood vessel function, which in turn improves cognitive function and memory. Chocolate also improves mood, can ease pain, and is full of antioxidants, oh and it tastes amazing!
Tell us are you trying any foods to boost your memory? What has worked for you?