Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Foods to Help Improve Memory

Are you a college student that finds you are having trouble thinking? It could be due to sleep deprivation, genetics, the amount of physical activity you are doing, and other various reasons. But did you know that diet can affect your brain function as well?  Most people realize the positive impact of a healthy diet on one’s heart but it is important to note that a nutritious diet can also help promote brain function.  Here are some good nutrients to incorporate into your diet that may help promote brain function.

Vegetables: Some sources include broccoli, cabbage and dark leafy greens.

Berries and Cherries:  They are rich in anthocyanins and other flavonoids that may boost memory function. 

Omega-3 fatty acids, fish and Seafood: These can help promote good brain health. Some sources include salmon, Bluefin tuna, sardines, and herring.Omega-3 fatty acids, especially docosahexaenoic acid (DHA can help improve memory. “DHA is the most abundant fatty acid in the brain. It makes sense that if you have higher levels of DHA in the blood, then the brain will operate more efficiently,” says Andrea Giancoli, registered dietitian and Academy spokesperson.

Walnuts: These nuts may help promote healthy brain function and boost heart health

Even though consuming these nutrients and foods does not guarantee your memory will improve you may want to go eat some of these “brain boosting” foods before your next exam. Who knows it may just help. 


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