10 Memory Boosting Foods (Slideshow)
March 11, 2014
These foods will help your memory
In addition to being high in Omega-3’s, certain fish also contain high levels of vitamins B6 and B12, which according to a recent study, reduce the risk of certain brain-related degenerating conditions such as Alzheimer’s.
Yet another reason to love this versatile fruit. Some studies have shown an emerging connection between foods high in mono-saturated fats and memory retention as you age.
Foods that are high in micro-nutrients are known improve brain function, and dark leafy vegetables such as kale or Swiss chard are particularly high in micro-nutrients.
Resveratrol, a compound found in grapes and red wine, has been linked to improved memory function in some studies. Alcohol in large dosages has been shown to have a variety of health risks however, so it is important to drink in moderation.
Cocoa flavanols, a chemical component typically found in chocolate, has been shown to improve cognitive abilities, according to a 2011 study in the journal Physiology and Behavior.
According to a recent study in Molecular Nutrition & Food Research, there appears to be a connection between certain chemicals contained in brewed green tea and reduced risk of certain neuro-degenerative conditions such as Alzheimer’s.
According to nutritionist Kelly Aronica, the B vitamins found in carrots, spinach, red peppers, and summer squashes help manufacture and release chemicals in the brain known as neurotransmitters.
"The nervous system relies on neurotransmitters to communicate messages within the brain, such as those that regulate mood, hunger, and sleep."
These delicious berries do more than make the perfect pie filling. Blueberries contain anthocyanin, which has been shown to reverse age-related declines in cognitive and motor function. They have also been found to help improve memory for all ages, which is essential for learning.
Turns out an apple a day can do more than keep the doctor away; it can improve your brain health as well. Apples contain quercetin, which appears to protect brain neurons from oxidative damage, a known cause of Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases.