The old adage "you aren't getting any younger" takes on a particular importance when discussing brain health, memory, and aging. As we grow older, our capacity for memory retention decreases. It's no wonder that the science of memory has become a critical area of research in recent years. While there is no way to definitely reverse the effects of aging on the brain as we grow older, there are certain foods that have been shown to improve our retention skills.
No single food or even groups of food are a replacement for adequate sleep, exercise, and general health. However, recent studies have shown that increasing the intake of particular foods can improve brain health.
Dark leafy greens such as kale or Swiss chard have been proven to be, along with a generally healthy lifestyle, an important tool in improving overall brain health and memory. Foods high in omega-3 fatty acids have also been shown to improve memory; foods such as salmon and other fish, have also been shown to help improve memory. Click on the slideshow to see 10 Memory-Boosting Foods.
While the science of memory is still a new field of research, there are foods such as dark chocolate, pomegranates, and other foods high in antioxidants that seem to continue appearing in the research time and again as being beneficial to one's health. There are some you may not have heard of before on this list as well.
Many of these foods have significant health benefits in addition to potential memory benefits. While none of these foods will cause health damage when consumed in moderation, it is important to consult a doctor whenever you're considering making significant changes to your diet.