Memory problems can mean anything from forgetting small things to losing important information. Lapses can occur often or sporadically and can be caused by stress.
In this article, we’ll talk about optimal foods for improving your memory in the most natural ways possible.
First, it’s important to note the difference between occasional forgetfulness with direct links to fatigue, distraction or stress (when we might forget a name, a date or some equally small detail) from more significant, recurring memory loss – the sort that means we forget events or things we’ve done. Cognitive deterioration is expected as we age, but we should force ourselves to be aware of changes in ourselves or those close to us. There are even exercises that we can do to evaluate how well our memory is working.
Frequently, people have difficulty recognising this problem. However, if the situation is not addressed, it can lead to despondency, depression or anxiety.
If you find yourself worrying or questioning, you should consult your GP, as memory loss could be a symptom of another illness. Early diagnosis and treatment are fundamental to the prevention of rapid deterioration.
Simultaneously, you can help to literally feed your brain’s functions by eating a balanced diet. In general, a varied diet that includes plenty of whole foods, fruits, vegetables and legumes will provide the essential nutrients that keep your central nervous system in peak condition.
Here are just a few foods that we especially recommend for their beneficial affect on memory:
The clue is in their brain-like shape! Walnuts remind us of their amazing abilities to keep our minds sharp.
These nuts contain polyphenols, the perfect nutrients to prevent oxidative stress and improve cognitive ability. Bonus points: they also help cardiovascular health.
If you eat just a handful of these nuts a day, you’ll help maintain an agile and young brain.
Overweight? Eat 3 walnuts a day, preferably in the morning. You’ll reap the rewards.
Originally from the Andes, this remarkable root increases cerebral circulation. This, in turn, improves memory and concentration. Maca is also an excellent physical energiser and mood booster.
A great source of proteins, essential amino acids, carbohydrates, fibre and vitamins (B1, B2, B6…), maca is also packed with minerals like iron, calcium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium and zinc.
It’s available in tablet or powder form. Powder is best if you want to be able to control the dosage and, in fact, is recommended because it’s best to begin by taking just a small dose. As maca can be a very energetic substance, you’ll want to increase your intake gradually.
A powerhouse for improving cerebral oxygenation, ginkgo biloba is also beneficial for the extremities. This plant improves circulation to the brain, thus strengthening mental elasticity and memory. You can begin taking it when you notice initial signs of memory loss or deteriorating concentration levels.
Take an extract, for example, but do take a break for a while so the body doesn’t get used to it. In this way, you won’t build up an immunity to it and can continue to enjoy its benefits.
Did you know that eating citrus fruits (lemon, orange, grapefruit) for breakfast can improve your memory?
Eat them whole (well, not the peel!) or juice them, but they must be fresh and prepared just before you drink them. If you wish, you can sweeten them with a bit of agave nectar.
If you’re not familiar with brewer’s yeast, get to know it. It contains several healthy properties. For instance, it’s a rich source of vitamins and minerals such as vitamin B12 and folic acid – both of which are excellent for memory.
With its host of B group vitamins, brewer’s yeast strengthens the central nervous system, which can also improve conditions like depression, anxiety, stress or apathy. These symptoms can significantly influence memory and encourage memory loss.
You’ll find it in tablet or powder form. It’s great blended with a bit of juice.
Perfect for addressing memory loss (especially in the elderly), this plant also improves the circulation. It’s a fantastic remedy for general heath problems.
Drink it in an infusion or as an extract. If you infuse it, drink at least 3 cups a day. Take according to the indicated dosage if you prefer to take hawthorn as an extract or tincture.