If you need your phone book to call up even your best friend and parents then we’ve got some news for you. Your memory is on a holiday and you need to bring it back right now! And here are 10 foods that’ll help you wake up those snoozing cells.
Vitamin C & B
While Vitamin C has long been associated with mental agility, B is known to guard against age-related brain shrinkage and cognitive impairment. Stock up on blackcurrants, citrus fruits, fish, green leafy vegetables, mushrooms, peanuts, sesame seeds and eggs to put your brain in full throttle.
Nuts & Seeds
A handful of seeds and nuts help increase your brainpower notably. Pumpkin seeds are rich in zinc and walnuts are a good source of omega-3 and other essential nutrients vital for brain functioning and memory skills. Many other nuts and seeds including sunflower seeds and peanuts are good sources of Vitamin E, crucial in boosting your brainpower.
Enriched with Vitamin E, avocados are also laden with antioxidants that help in keeping the brain healthy and alert. These are also linked with lowering risks of Alzheimer’s.
The green leafy lads are full of iron, Vitamin E, K and B9 that are extremely important for brain cell development and keeping memory related issues at bay. Eating folate-rich foods is also associated with reducing the homocysteine levels that may lead to nerve cells damage in brain. Vitamin K is known to be helpful in cognitive enhancement and increasing mental alertness.
Eating blueberries daily can help combat against the onset of short-term memory loss. Berries in general, including strawberries, when consumed regularly can help delay age-related memory decline.
These are a good source of lycopene which act against brain cells degeneration and aid in the maintenance and production of new brain cells. No, taking part in La Tomatina doesn’t count.
Whole grains are considered to be the powerhouse of energy and help you keep alert and focus better. While consuming whole grains, energy is released in the body in the form of sugar, which assists our brain in functioning properly.
Omega-3 fatty acids as well as EPA and DHA are essential for healthy brain functioning as well as for healthy brain neurons. Fish are also an excellent source of Vitamin E. Dory from ‘Finding Nemo’ would like to disagree, but he doesn’t remember why.
Vegetarians can substitute fish with soybean oil, linseed oil, and flaxseed oil.
Eggs are one of the best sources of choline, an important nutrient used to produce acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter involved in memory. Lecithin, spirulina and wheatgerm are also good sources of choline.
Turkey contains L-tyrosine, an amino acid the brain uses to produce dopamine, the chemical responsible for mental alertness and memory. L-tyrosine is also found in chicken, fish, almonds, yoghurt and cheese.