Learn about foods that can improve your memory. There are foods that adults can eat to avoid memory loss as age increases.
One of our greatest fears in growing old is losing our memory. Everyday, we hear stories about old people, and even the not so old, who have problems remembering or recalling people’s names, places, events, things and many others. To avoid this, it is important that we keep our brain healthy.
We all know that our brain processes our thoughts. Thus, just as we keep our body healthy by eating the right food, we also need to feed our brain with the right nutrients to keep it healthy. Our brain needs carbohydrates for energy to function smoothly and protein in order to get amino acids essential for brain cell membrane nourishment. It also needs minerals to help in the learning process and to keep the mind alert. In addition, our brain also needs foods rich in Vitamin A,C, and E and beta carotene. These vitamins produce antioxidants that protect the brain cells from damage caused by environmental pollution.
Here is a list of some of the foods that improve our brain function and memory:
Eggs are cheap and valuable source of protein that contain Omega 3-fatty acids that keep the mind alert and active. They also supply the essential nutrient that boosts the memory center in the brain. Aside from being a brain food, the yolks of the eggs provide antioxidants that help prevent age-related cataracts.
Avocados contain mono-saturated fats that are essential to maintain a healthy blood flow. A healthy flow of blood is the main requirement of a healthy brain,
Blueberries and other dark berries (strawberries, blackberries, raspberries) are rich sources of antioxidants that fight toxins in our body which may cause damage to brain cells or brain degeneration. These fruits also enhance the memory and brain cognition.Like the avocados, these berries contain the essential fats needed by our brain for good blood circulation.Other fruits such as cherries, oranges, pomegranate and plums also act as antioxidants that nourish and protect the brain.
Whole grains (oatmeal, whole-grain bread, brown rice) are healthy sources of carbohydrates that are needed to stimulate brain power and enhance memory. An oatmeal for breakfast is not only good for our heart. It is also an excellent way to enhance our mental performance everyday.
Nuts and Seeds (walnuts, hazel nuts, cashew, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds) provide a good amount of Vitamin E. Vitamin E enables us to clear our mind and think clearly. A high amount of Vitamin E in our brain help in preventing the weakening of our cognizant ability as we get older. However, for those who are on low-salt diet, it is recommended to buy unsalted nuts.
Peanuts are also not very well recommended as they contain less healthy fats than the others.
Deep water fish (like salmon, sardines and herring) is also a recommended brain food. It contains the necessary omega-3 fatty acids (just like the eggs) that aids in the proper function and alertness of the brain.
Broccoli and spinach are also good sources of Omega-3 fatty acids that are good for the brain.
Beans are economical sources of glucose or blood sugar. Glucose is essential for enhanced mental performance of the brain. Eating more of these food keeps our mind alert.
Green Tea enhances our memory and aids in preventing mental fatigue. Drinking green tea in moderation also helps in fighting brain disorders by helping in keeping positive moods and states of our brain. Not only that, green tea has powerful antioxidants that boost a healthy flow of blood in our brain.
Chocolate boosts impulse control and reaction time of the brain, as well as improve visual and verbal memory. Dark chocolate is specifically rich in antioxidants and contains natural stimulants and nutrients which increase the production of endorphin while it enhances our brain’s focus and attention.
Aside from eating the best foods that will nourish our brain to ensure our good memory, a healthy lifestyle is also important. We have to make sure that we have at least 8 hours of sleep or adequate rest everyday, Lack of sleep increase our fatigue levels that hampers the effective functioning of our brain. As much as possible, we should also avoid smoking and drinking too much alcohol. Both nicotine and alcohol constrict the blood flow in our brain, reducing our brain function and energy loss.
With a balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle, we do not have to be very afraid that our memory and brain function will deteriorate as we age.
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