Food for Thought: 10 Foods To Improve Your Memory
Food for Thought: 10 Foods To Improve Your Memory

Food is an easy way to improve your memory because you can build up the nutrients and chemicals needed for your brain to operate at maximum efficiency while also enhancing your overall health. Here are some of the best foods for your brain and your body:

The levels of antioxidants found in blueberries help slow down stress caused by oxidation of the brain. Not only do these chemicals help reduce the risk of mental diseases like Alzheimer’s and dementia, as well as some cancers, they also can result in increased memory and motor skill function.  Blueberries are also clinically proven to help control metabolic syndrome and lower blood pressure.

Black Currants
Black currants not only help protect brain cells, they are also jammed packed with anthocyanins and polyphenolics. These compounds are found in hippocampus cells, a part of the brain which helps usher in information to be remembered and stored in other parts of the brain. The darker the currant, the more rich in compounds they are.

Jam-packed with antioxidants, cherries not only taste good, they are good brain food. Antioxidants help to fight off free radicals, thereby helping blood flow easier to the brain. Without the free radicals, not only does more blood make it to the brain, but the blood is more nutrient-dense.

Many people refer to seafood as ‘brain food’ because of the proliferation of Omega-3 fatty acids in many fish and shellfish. Studies have shown that DHA, an Omega-3 fatty acid found in fish, actually helps to improve memory function and helps to develop the brain in infants and young children. In adults, this fatty acid helps to improve the working memory.

Almost 85% of brain tissue is water, and dehydration can cause unnecessary energy expenditure. When your brain becomes dehydrated, it is harder to make connections and recall information. Stay hydrated and your brain will keep working at top level.

Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties, which is why it is commonly used to treat many physical ailments. With reduced swelling, the brain is able to have a constant flow of blood to keep it fed and lubricated.

Gingko Biloba
While ginger acts as an anti-inflammatory to blood vessels, gingko biloba lessens the viscosity of the blood flowing through those vessels. Thinner blood means more blood will pass through the brain at a given time, therefore, more efficiency in oxygen delivery.

As a great source of anthocyanin and nasunin, eggplant helps to protect the lipids in brain cell membranes. These lipids help to keep some of the bad stuff out, like free radicals, while also keeping the good stuff in, like DHA.

Researchers have found that the carnosic acid in rosemary is neuroprotective and may play a role in the prevention of Alzheimer’s and other degenerative brain disorders. One study found that just the scent of rosemary improved the memory of office workers.

Soy Beans
While many scientists previously thought soy was damaging to the brain, new studies have shown compounds in soy to have protective qualities. Similar to lipids, these chemicals play a large role in the development of the brain; especially the parts which are responsible for memory.

Beyond these foods, there are many 100% natural herbal supplement blends designed to help maintain healthy brain function.  One of the most popular is called MemoRise, a proprietary blend of herbs designed to help keep your mind sharp.

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Multiple clinical studies have proven that activities like doing the crossword, sudoku and other brain games will help keep your mind younger longer.  Just like your muscles, your brain needs continual workouts to keep it in shape.  Here are some suggestions for some great smart-phone apps to keep your brain healthy – even when you’re on the go…

App Review: Top Smart-Phone Memory Improvement Apps

One of the greatest benefits of today’s multi-function smart phones is the ability to have virtually anything you want at your fingertips. So instead of having to carry around notebooks and other memory boosting paraphernalia, you can achieve the same results with your smart phone. Let’s take a look at the three most highly used platforms of smart phones, the iPhone, Android and BlackBerry, and look at memory-improvement apps for each.

Most of the applications for the iPhone which focus on memory-building are the memory match games like the kind played with actual cards. In particular, iCue Memory Cards is a great example.

iCue Memory Cards is actually the only memory training application officially endorsed by the USA Memory Championship. The application is the exact same version as the actual cards found in the original game.

iCue works to improve your memory by focusing your concentration and using some of the leading memory improvement techniques available today. How would you like to be able to memorize an entire deck of cards as they are being dealt? By the time you are finished with this app, you will be card counting in Vegas.

Blink is an ideal memory game for the Android fan. Starting off with a sequence of colored blocks, you are forced to recount the pattern. Just like most video games, as the levels increase, so does the difficulty. With colored blocks randomly placed all over the screen, you must tap each one in sequence. After so many levels the blocks begin to play tricks on you to make it even harder. While the eye strain can become bothersome, itís still a fun and challenging game to try.

Reminiscent of Simon, the game of lights and sounds, Follow the Light is an exciting childhood memorization game. While the computer plays a tone and light, you are tasked with remembering the sequence. The basis of this game is to repeat the pattern the computer produces until you complete the level or make a mistake. As you advance, the colors will change faster and the tone sequence will speed up. If you are in the mood for a walk down memory lane, grab this app in the App World.

For all three smart phone platforms, there are plenty of other learning games, especially those designed for children. The easiest way to find the application you want is to go to the appropriate app store and do a search on “memory” or “memory games.” Then download and start using them!