Who, what, where, and when are words that you used to use less often. But if you’ve recently started to notice some memory loss, we’ve got some nutritious ways to prevent it from getting worse.
Not being able to recall people by name, especially when you don’t interact with them frequently is normal. So is forgetting dates, even important ones like birthdays. But very few people would wish to be more forgetful, in fact most of us would rather have a perfect, photographic memory.
Some memory loss is unavoidable as we age and it is a natural part of the aging process. No need to worry that you have dementia or early-onset Alzheimer’s disease unless symptoms are becoming severe or something that are a concern to yourself or family members.
Many times, our distracted lives are to blame for our faulty memory. We rarely give things our full, undivided attention these days. When we do, we are able to commit details to memory better and we are more likely to remember names, date and places.
7 Foods That Help Prevent Memory Loss
The solutions to prevent memory loss include playing puzzle games, staying active, having positive social interactions, being mindful, and eating nutritious foods that help our brains to process and retrieve memories.
Let’s look at 7 healthy foods that help prevent further memory loss and might help improve your memory function.
Antioxidants fight against free radicals in our bodies, which cause the death of cells. More antioxidants is good for preventing memory loss and you can find high doses of antioxidants in nuts, fruit and vegetables, which are all part of a healthy vegan diet.
Vitamin C is a particularly important antioxidant to help prevent memory loss and of course you can get lots of vitamin C from citrus fruit including oranges, lemon, grapefruit, and tangelos. Other antioxidant vitamins include Vitamin E and selenium.
The whole grain, high fiber and protein in oatmeal means that when you eat this warm, gooey breakfast, your bloodstream has a steady supply of glucose or energy, without any spikes up or down. The steady supply of energy helps prevent memory loss because your brain isn’t starving when it has to work to make new memories.
Researchers studying whether or not consumers would be motivated to eat foods that helped prevent memory loss say ‘There is preliminary evidence to suggest that some nutrients could influence cognitive performance.’ Boosting brain power by eating foods that prevent memory loss is something we can all benefit from.
An apple a day kept he memory loss doctor away, right? The skin of apples contains quercetin. This is a strong antioxidant, which we helps to prevent memory loss. Apples also have a good ratio of soluble fiber to glucose, which means that their sweet but filling energy will release slowly all day long.
4. Flax and chia seeds
Flax seeds and chia seeds are high in omega-3 fatty acids and have a good ratio of Omega-3 to Omega-6 fatty acids. Omega-3s help to reduce inflammation, which keeps brain and body function at optimum health. Omega-3 fatty acids also connect to improved memory and brain function.