It’s important to stay healthy when you’re dealing with memory loss. That, of course, means overall health, like reducing stress, exercising regularly, and eating right. Eating right can mean different things to different people, but we should all strive to eat as many whole foods as possible and cut down on our consumption of processed food. In addition, there are some food superstars that can really help improve our mental function and thus, improve our memory. These are some of the standouts.
Berries are a good source of antioxidants, particularly a kind that affects your blood flow, specifically, blood flow to the brain. They’re also lower in sugar than many other fruits, if that’s something that concerns you. You can choose any kind of berry, from strawberries to blackberries to even acai berries.
#2. Fatty fish
Well, not just any kind of fat. We’re talking about fish that is rich in omega-3 fatty acids. These include fish like tuna, salmon, or even sardines. Those omega-3 fatty acids keep your brain’s nerve cells humming like a machine.
#3. Whole grains
Whole grain carbs give you energy on a gradual, continual basis. In turn, your brain has the energy to retain information. You can find whole grains in bread, of course, but also in pasta and brown rice.
#4. Leafy greens
In addition to antioxidants, leafy greens have vitamin E, which is essential to brain nerve cell health, and folate, which can keep those nerve cells from breaking down. You can choose from foods like kale or spinach, which are probably your first thought when you think of leafy greens, or even broccoli and cabbage.
Avocado is a good source for both vitamin E and omega-3 fatty acids. It’s also a good source for healthy fat, monounsaturated fatty acids. MUFAs are healthy for your heart, as they promote general heart health and prevent hypertension.