FOOD & FITNESS / JUN. 18, 2014
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How To Eat to Enhance Your Memory

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Tired of losing your keys every morning before heading to work?

Or maybe you keep freaking out over losing your shades--which are almost always sitting on top of your pretty little head.

Well... I have good news. You can fix your memory problems.

One bite at a time.

The following is a list of delectable memory enhancing foods your taste buds will love.

I. Load up on leafy greens

Ok... So maybe not everything on this list will be tasty. But they’re great for you. Anything from spinach, kale, collard greens, mustard greens, and turnip greens are great sources of folate--a nutrient that directly affects memory.

Don’t believe me?

Well let me serve you with some knowledge. Tufts University in Boston conducted a study keeping track of 320 men over three years, keeping note of their blood levels of homocysteine--an amino acid linked to higher risks of heart disease.

Memory decline showed in those participants with high levels of homocysteine. Folic acid--the synthetic form of folate--is known for directly lowering homocysteine levels. So those participants who ingested it were protected against memory loss.

Also, a separate study discovered that a folate rich diet resulted in accelerated information processing and memory recall.

II. Chow down on fish--big fat ones

Say it with me, "Fat is good! Fat is beautiful." Well... specifically healthy fats. According to research, fish should be the Michael Jackson to other foods’ Titos. At least when it comes to memory.

What kind of fish? Chow down on any fatty fish including: salmon, sardines, herring, and mackerel.

A 2006 study published in the Archives of Neurology discovered that subjects with the highest levels of omega-3s were less likely to be diagnosed with dementia than subjects with the lowest levels.

Can’t get enough of these studies, eh?

Well I’ve got some more research knowledge for you, specifically from Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. They followed 3,000 men and women for six years just to see the effects of diet on memory. The results were outstanding.

Those who consumed fish once a week--minimum--had a 10% slower memory decline than those who didn’t eat fish... basically enhancing their memory and thinking ability to that of a person three years younger.

If you can’t get enough fish in your diet, then seriously consider investing in fish oil supplements.

III. Sip some coffee... Remember where you left your keys.

Alright, my caffeine loving friends. Looks like you’re in for some pleasantly jittery news. The University of Innsbruck in Austria discovered that caffeinated coffee temporarily sharpens focus and memory. Volunteers were given the caffeine equivalent of two cups of coffee.

Then, through magnetic resonance imaging, researchers observed that volunteers’ brain activity increased in two areas--one of which was memory. Those volunteers who didn’t ingest caffeine showed no signs of increased brain activity.

Apparently, the benefits of caffeine are even greater for women. According to a study found in a neurology journal, caffeine’s memory enhancing effects last longer for them.

But still be careful! Unfiltered coffee contains cholesterol raising compounds. So make sure to stick with the filtered stuff...and easy on the milk and sugar. Those aren’t too great for you either.

IV. Nuts and Seeds

Unsaturated fats are the way to go when it comes to repairing our faulty brain-wiring. So don’t fret. Because you won’t forget. What makes these fats so vital to our memory is their improvement of cholesterol levels and ability to ease inflammation. Thus perpetuating an unhindered supply of oxygen and nutrients to your noggin.

So don’t shy away from pouring the occasional stream of almonds, cashews, pistachios, or seeds into your mouth.

 See also: How to Eat Your Work Stress Away

And that’s basically it, ladies and gentlemen...

So you can cool it with the self-diagnosed Alzheimer’s!

Breathe. You’re going to be fine.

Just enhance your diet with these tips I provided and you’ll notice the changes!

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