4 ways you could eat your way to a better memory

October 9, 2015

Our minds are fragile things, but there are ways we can help it retain information. These are just four ways you could help improve your memory, simply by eating.

4 ways you could eat your way to a better memory

Get plenty of beta carotene and vitamin C

  • High levels of beta carotene and vitamin C are associated with strong memory performance in people over 65, according to some evidence.
  • Researchers believe these antioxidants may delay brain aging and enhance mental longevity and fitness by combating free radicals in the brain.
  • Experimental research suggests that flavonoids in blueberries may slow age-related decline in mental function.

Consume lots of vitamin E

  • Research is looking at the link between blood levels of vitamin E and memory function in the elderly.
  • In one large study, people performed a series of memory tests. Those classified as having poor memory were more likely to have low blood levels of vitamin E.
  • Another study showed an association between past intake of vitamin E and mental acuity in old age.
  • Other studies have found vitamin E helpful in slowing the progression of Alzheimer's disease.

Bump up your iron intake

  • Iron may also be important for memory. There's research that suggests low levels can impair memory function.
  • Studies have shown that children who have their iron levels corrected to healthy levels score better on tests.

Head the the herbal section

  • Current research indicates that ginkgo biloba extracts may have a limited effect on improving memory.
  • A recent study showed that people who took the sage oil performed significantly better on their memory performance tests.
  • Phosphatidylserine is a brain compound that maintains cell membrane fluidity. Limited evidence suggests that suplpements may be of some help in cognitive function. More studies are needed.
  • As with all herbal products, the lack of standardization is a concern, as is the possibility that labels may not reflect contents accurately.

Memory is important, and it can be easy to keep it. These supplements could help with your memory, and help it stay with you as you age.

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