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The memory diet

written by Vidya Sury February 20, 2011

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I like it when the answer to a problem can be traced to food. While its great to get regular exercise, both physical and mental – and get busy with all the crossword puzzles and other activities that are helpful in keeping your memory the way it should be, the brain also needs food.

Our body needs the right nutrients to stay healthy, and so does our brain. It needs a variety of nutrients,  fats, proteins, vitamins, and sugars, to stay sharp, protect it from cell damage, and keep it functioning well.  When we eat the right foods, they help improve memory. So what are these foods? Here’s a list:. 

  • Unsaturated fatty acids or healthy fats reduce the risk of  developing Alzheimer’s disease. Sources are olive and sesame oil, avocados, peanuts, walnuts, and pecans.
  • Omega-3 fatty acids protect the brain from dementia and improve memory. Sources are cold water fatty fish like trout, mackerel, and salmon.
  • Brightly colored fruits boost the memory by keeping the brain’s blood vessels sharp and protecting them from cell damage. Sources are fruits like oranges, cherries, plums, red grapes, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, and blueberries. Blueberries actually reverse age-related memory shortfalls in humans and animals. 
  • Leafy and colorful vegetables protect the brain from damage and failing memory. Sources are   bright greens broccoli, spinach, kale, sprouts, bell peppers asparagus, eggplant, corn, onion.
  • Essential vitamins such as Vitamin E, C, B12, and folic acid improve memory. You need a diet rich in a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, and legumes for plenty of vitamins. 
  • Glucose gives the body energy, so a little natural sugar is good to improve memory and cognitive function. Avoid cakes and processed foods, though. 
  • Whole grains in the form of whole-wheat breads, pastas, and brown rice energize the brain and improve memory while promoting heart health.
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Vidya Sury

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