Everyone experiences it at some point in their lives. You look all over the house for spectacles that are perched on your head, or you simply can’t fathom where you put that pen or book that you held in your hands just a few minutes ago. Short term memory loss seems to get worse as you grow older, but this doesn’t have to be so, say scientists.
Your brain is a vital organ and in order to protect and nurture it, you need to pay more attention to your diet. Here are some super foods that can help improve and restore cognitive function
- Oily Fish like salmon, sardines, mackerel etc. Oily fish contains EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), and low DHA levels have been linked with higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.
- Curry contains Turmeric, which contains Curcumin, a compound which helps inhibit Alzheimer’s disease.
- Spinach (and other dark green leafy vegetables) contains nutrients like folate, vitamin E and vitamin K that present dementia.
- Coffee – Don’t overdo it, but caffeine and antioxidants in coffee have protective benefits for your brain health, and can boost concentration.
- Broccoli and Cauliflower – Contain choline, which keeps neurotransmitters healthy, and your memory sharp and strong.
- Garbanzo Beans/ Chickpeas are a great source of floats (folic acid), which is good for memory.
- Walnuts and other nuts are a great source of vitamin E, which helps prevent cognitive decline.
- Red Wine and Chocolate – Polyphenols found in wine and chocolate increase blood flow and oxygen to the brain.
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil – Research shows that people who eat a Mediterranean diet are 36% less likely to experience brain damage associated with age.
- Blueberries – Eating a lot of blueberries have been linked in animal studies to faster learning, improved memory and sharper thinking.
- Concord Grape Juice – Contains heart healthy polyphenols, which helps boost brain health.
- Cinnamon helps activate TAU proteins that’s stabilise nerve cells and keep brain cells from dying.