Memory Boosting Foods

Do you fear becoming forgetful when you get to that “magical age”?  ;)  I do.  And I’m sure all of us have had bouts of forgetfulness, no matter what the age.  While there are supplements that can boost one’s memory, there are a number of foods we can include in our daily diet that can do just that:

  1. Some of the best cruciferous vegetables: Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, and bok choy.
  2. Some of the best leafy green vegetables: spinach, collard and mustard greens, kale and Swiss chard.
  3. Some of the best foods for anthocyanin: Berries (all varieties), cherries, black currents, eggplant, red, black, and purple grapes, plums, rhubarb, red onion, red apples, red/purple cabbage, and red beets.
  4. Some of the best foods for quercetin: Onions (red, yellow, white), kale, leeks, cherry tomato, broccoli, blueberries, black currants, elderberries, apricots, apple with skin (Red Delicious), and red, purple, and black grapes.
  5. Some of the best foods for folic: fortified whole-grain breakfast cereals, lentils, black-eyed peas, soybeans, spinach, green peas, artichokes, broccoli, wheat germ, beets and oranges.
  6. Eating fish seems to help too!

    (Source:  Forgetful? Eat Memory-Boosting Foods by Joy Bauer)

In case you’re wondering, anthocyanin and quercitin are pythochemicals which have shown to reverse memory deficits.  Folic acid, on the other hand, is associated with information processing and memory recall. 

There are just some things and  we can’t save to a memory stick.  But we know what we can and have to do to sharpen our own anatomical memory banks.  So let’s do just that. :)


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