Foods to Help Boost Memory!
By Sara Butler
There are several things that can cause you to feel forgetful. It can be related to your sleep, level of activity, environment, genetics or even your lifestyle. One thing that is known to have a big impact on the health of your brain and memory is your diet. Here are some foods you may want to consider adding to your diet to nourish your brain and encourage good blood flow to your noggin’!
Some Very Memorable Vegetables!
Don’t forget this tip! Eating plenty of vegetables, especially of the cruciferous variety, can help to improve your memory and encourage brain health. You should try to include these vegetables in your diet:
- Collard greens
Throw in Some Berries!
Dark berries such as cherries, blueberries and blackberries are all rich in flavonoids called anthocyanins. These flavonoids are thought to help give your memory a boost. Plus, berries such as these are really easy to incorporate into your daily diet. You can throw some berries into your cereal or yogurt, eat them alone or even bake them into your favorite dessert. These berries don’t need to be fresh to get the full effects, either. Frozen berries are just as nutritious and will provide the same benefits.
Eat Your Omega-3s!
Omega-3 fatty acids are incredibly important to the health of your brain. Something called docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) is of particular importance because it can help to increase memory in young adults as well as older adults. It’s the most plentiful fatty acid in your brain, so it's perfectly logical to assume if you have higher levels of DHA flowing through your system then your brain will function more proficiently.
You can get more through eating fatty fish such as tuna, salmon, herring and sardines. Other seafood and algae are rich in it too! Add fish to your diet two or three days a week in order to get what you need!
Walnuts for the Win!
Walnuts are good for you brain and good for your heart, so it’s a double health whammy! There’s some evidence that walnuts can help improve memory, so make sure you incorporate some into your diet. You can eat them raw, use them in salads, bake them into foods or top your morning oatmeal with them. They’re easy!
There’s no absolute assurance these foods are going to improve your memory, but it is known that they are good for your overall health, too. For that reason alone there's no harm in including them into your diet to improve your overall health!