Food For Thought: 6 Natural Memory Boosters

How is your memory these days? Does it seem to be declining as you age? It might not all be in your head. Well, maybe it is.  Cognitive function does decline with age. Some exercise their brain with brain games, puzzles, solving mysteries, and some rely on herbal supplements, like ginkgo, to boost the memory.

Besides age, cognitive function can be affected by lack of sleep, stress, a sedentary lifestyle and poor diet. Memory is a function we call on often, and the foods we eat certainly play a role in your brain’s health.

cognitive function

an intellectual process by which one becomes aware of, perceives, or comprehends ideas. It involves all aspects of perception, thinking, reasoning, and remembering.
Optimize your brain’s function with these 6 edible memory boosters:
1. Walnuts.  There is a reason walnuts look like mini brains. A recent study showed that consuming walnuts enhances cognitive function, health span and motor function in aging. Try adding walnuts to your smoothie bowl, yogurt, or bliss balls for extra healthy fats, heart and brain health.
2. Avocado. Don’t be afraid of this healthy fat in it’s whole form or it’s oil. Avocados are a monounsaturated fat with anti-inflammatory properties. They benefit your skin, hair, joints, heart and brain, as neurotransmitters are synthesized from fats in your diet.
3. Ginkgo. From the ginkgo biloba tree, this herb increases blood flow in small vessels and some studies show taking ginkgo improves mood, mental ability and alertness. Try steeping gingko in a tea form, or take a supplement containing this memory boost from nature.
4. Eggs. An important component of brain cells involves cholesterol and choline, both of which are in eggs. When you eat eggs, choline makes a neurotransmitter called acetylcholine, which is important for brain cells and memory.
5. Green Tea. High in flavanoid antioxidants, green tea protects your body and brain cells, making you alert without the jitters. A recent study showed that regular consumption of green tea has a significant effect on the general state of mental alertness. Try adding concentrated green tea powder into your smoothies
6. Coconut oil. Another healthy fat that cooks well at high heat, gives your hair shine, moisturizes your skin, and boosts your brain health. Coconut is high in MCT’s (medium chain triglycerides) that your body breaks down into ketones and uses the energy for brain fuel.
The common factor with all these nutrients is that they all have protective qualities. The eggs, green tea, avocado and coconut oil work well topically on your skin, as well as internally to protect and boost your brain’s health. Food for thought.
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