Do foods really improve memory?
Yes, many foods can keep your brain healthy. Research is finding that Mediterranean Diet helps keep aging brains sharp, and a growing body of evidence links foods such as those in the Mediterranean diet with better cognitive function, memory and alertness.
Foods which improve memory:
Having adequate vegetables, especially cruciferous ones including broccoli, cabbage and dark leafy greens, may help improve memory. Try a kale salad or substitute collard greens for a tortilla in your next sandwich wrap. Broccoli stir-fry is a good option for lunch or dinner.
Berries and cherries:
Blackberries, blueberries and cherries are a rich source of anthocyanins and other flavonoids that may boost memory function. Enjoy a handful of berries for a snack, mixed into cereal or baked into an antioxidant-rich dessert. You can reap these benefits from fresh, frozen or dried berries and cherries.
Omega-3 fatty acids:
These are essential for good health. Omega-3 fatty acids, docosahexaenoic acid, or DHA, in particular, may help improve memory. Seafood, algae and fatty fish including salmon, bluefin tuna, sardines and herring are some of the best sources of the omega-3 fatty acid, DHA. Fish can be substituted for other meats once or twice a week to get a healthy dose. Grill, bake or broil fish are delicious and rich in nutrition. If you don’t eat fish, discuss other food options or supplementation with your doctor or registered dietitian nutritionist. You can get DHA omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil, seaweed or microalgae supplements.
Walnuts and other dry fruits:
Walnuts and cashews have positive impact on heart health and improve cognitive function. Almonds improve and sharpen your memory. Handful snack of walnuts gives extra protein.
Dry fruits are excellent and healthy substitute for daily snacks.