Our memories are important to everything we do, which is why we should all strive to keep our memories intact – no matter what our age or situation – but especially as we age! The good news is that choosing certain foods can help to promote your brain health and memory. Along with keeping your mind challenged (through crossword puzzles and other “brain games”) and getting regular exercise (good for your brain and your body!), also add these foods to your diet!
Antioxidant-rich foods. Antioxidant-rich foods are a must when it comes to brain health – they help counter oxidative stress which may accelerate the aging process. Add more produce to your diet, especially blueberries, which are being researched for their potential to improve motor skills, affect short-term memory loss and more. My EVER BETTER™ Membership has plenty of healthy recipes and snacks featuring memory-boosting foods, so start your free trial today and start eating for your brain health!
Foods with omega-3 fatty acids. Salmon, sardines and flaxseed are good sources of omega-3 fatty acids, which may protect against Alzheimer’s disease and age-related memory loss. Other good sources include fortified eggs, walnuts, herring and black cod. Try my summer salad recipe – it contains omega-3 rich walnuts! And if you don’t like foods that contain omega-3s, you can supplement with a high-quality omega-3 supplement. I take Juvenon’s Essential Omega-3, which is a combination of EPA and DHA – it delivers the benefits of omega-3 fatty acids without additional ingredients, which I like. It’s great for when I can’t eat as healthy as I want, but still want to get my Omega-3s. See if it’s right for you!
Foods rich in vitamins C and E. Inflammation is linked to Alzheimer’s disease, and these vitamins have protective effects against inflammation. Eat more citrus fruits, beans, oatmeal, rice bran and wheat germ for extra vitamin C. And for more vitamin E, increase your intake of spinach, whole grains, sunflower seeds and wheat germ.
Spices with anti-inflammatory properties. Turmeric – common in American mustard and Indian curry – has been shown to reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. And ginger is a natural anti-inflammatory spice that has been linked to a reduced risk of Alzheimer’s. Add both to your cooking for flavor and health!
You can find all these ingredients easily at most grocery stores, so don’t wait – make your memory a priority, and start eating these healthy foods today! And if you need recipe ideas, pick up a copy of my winter magazine Fit Over 50: Make This Your Year! There are some wonderful winter recipes; along with the 6 best fat burning foods and the best produce options for these winter months. I think you will love it!
Let’s live EVER BETTER™ – together!!