Can certain foods improve memory?
There are a number of factors that can help support brain health and memory. These include diet, exercise, and sleep. Of these, diet may have the largest array of research backing up it's importance.
Consider adding these foods to you or your loved one's diet to help improve memory, cognition, and energy levels:
Getting adequate vegetables, especially broccoli, cabbage and dark leafy greens, may help improve memory. Consider trying a kale salad or substitute out your tortilla for collard greens in your next wrap.
Berries and Cherries!
Berries are a rich source of nutrients (anthocyanins and other flavonoids) that may support memory function. Consider having a handful of berries for a snack or mix them into cereal or bake them into an antioxidant-rich dessert. Dark berries such as blackberries, blueberries and cherries are especially rich in antioxidants. These benefits persist whether the berries are fresh, frozen or dried.
Omega-3 fatty acids!
Omega-3 fatty acids are essential for good brain health. One in particular, docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), may help improve memory. The best sources of DHA are seafood, algae and fatty fish such as salmon, bluefin tuna, sardines and herring. Fish can be grilled, baked, or broiled. If you don't eat fish, discuss other food options or possible supplementation with your health care provider. DHA omega-3 fatty acids can be consumed via fish oil, seaweed or microalgae supplements.
Walnuts are consistently praised for their positive impact on heart health, but they may also improve cognitive function. Try adding a handful of walnuts to your diet or add them to oatmeal or a salad for crunch.
While we can't guarantee that these foods will help you remember where you put your keys tomorrow, over time they can support overall health.
Source: Moore, Marisa. “4 Types of Foods to Support Memory.” EatRight, www.eatright.org/health/wellness/healthy-aging/4-types-of-foods-to-support-memory.