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Best Food to Increase Memory Power

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Does Chocolate Improve Your Memory?

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Is Saturated Fat Bad For My Brain?

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Best Fruit for Memory

Most people enjoy eating fruit and since you’re probably already including it in your daily food choices, why not do yourself some extra good and choose the best fruit for memory? Here’s an article from our friends at Doctors Health Press that makes a case for including Concord grape juice in your diet.

Concord grape juice is the best fruit for memory protection

Best Fruit for Memory

How can a food exert such a complex and beneficial effect in your brain? Mostly due to the presence of some pretty powerful antioxidants.

Take, for instance, the polyphenols found in berry fruits. In particular, berries contain flavonoids that have been associated with mental health benefits, including improvement in cognition and neuronal function with aging. As it turns out, one of the best sources of polyphenols that boost brain function is Concord grape juice. This delicious juice contains two very important polyphenols: anthocyanins and flavanols.

In a study just completed, researchers investigated the results when older adults with cognitive impairment consumed Concord grape juice. The trial involved two groups: one drank grape juice, while the other acted as placebo. Before and after the 16-week trial period, both groups were administered assessments of memory function and brain activation.

The researchers found that participants who consumed grape juice showed reduced semantic interference on memory tasks. Your semantic memory holds all the general knowledge you have about the world. For example, memories of laws and organizational rules are stored in your semantic memory, as are basic concepts such as compassion and humor. Age-related declines in brain function can interfere with the way your semantic memory works.

For the entire article, go here.

So it appears that Concord grape juice, the best fruit for memory, has lots of powerful antioxidants to protect your brain.

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Best Breakfast Foods to Improve Memory

I was happy to find this article from Organic Authority that advocates that the best breakfast foods to improve memory just happen to be my favorites. For some of you, this breakfast may be quite a departure from your usual — but have a read and choose 1 thing you can add or substitute each week.

Best Breakfast Foods to Improve Memory #1

The best breakfast foods to improve memory include berries, greens, eggs, and fatty fish.

Spinach, Onion & Salmon Egg Breakfast

All vegetables help boost the brain and protect the body, but at the very top of the list are leafy greens like spinach, kale, Swiss chard, collards and mustard greens. Studies show that eating three servings of leafy greens per day could slow your mental decline by 40%. That’s a lot! It’s easy to sneak leafy greens into your breakfast. First, cook up a small handful of diced onions in your preferred rice bran oil (whose high content of oleic and linoleic acid compositions boosts memory and can also help prevent diabetes and cancer). Sweat down your onions, which contain brain-protecting antioxidants, and then toss in a very large handful of greens – baby spinach works well, or chopped slices of kale. Switch your veggies up on different mornings with broccoli florets or halved Brussels sprouts!

Now add a handful of chopped, cooked salmon to the mix and heat through. Last night’s leftovers work superbly…

Be fancy and turn all this into an omelet, or take the quick road and just throw an organic egg on top of it all, turning once to cook it through on both sides. Eggs are an important source of choline, an essential nutrient in the B vitamin group, which is known for reducing stress and balancing the body.

Best Breakfast Foods to Improve Memory #2

Blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, raspberries and açai berries are not only a delicious dessert to your breakfast, they also help preserve the brain’s ability to rid itself of toxic proteins, which are associated with memory loss. Berries contain the powerful phytochemical anthocyanin, which has been shown to actually reverse memory loss in the lab.

Best Breakfast Foods to Improve Memory #3

Top your brain-feeding breakfast off with a small glass of grape juice. While high in sugar, grape juice contains a very high level of antioxidants which help protect the brain much like red wine does, albeit more appropriate to morning hours. Red, purple and black grapes all contain quercetin, another important phytochemical with brain-protecting powers.

You can read the article in more detail here.

What`s your plan for including these best breakfast foods to improve memory into your diet? Share your ideas in the comment section.


Will Eating Soy Help My Memory Develop?

The wonders of soy are many, but the question we’re concerned with here on Improving Your Memory Techniques is “Will eating soy help my memory develop?” Unfortunately, it doesn’t appear to be the case if you’re a post-menopausal woman.

Will Eating Soy Help My Memory Develop?

Will eating soy help my memory develop? Unfortunatey, it does not appear to have any significant effect.

“There are no substantial cognitive effects, positive or negative, from soy protein consumption in women past menopause,” said researcher Dr. Victor Henderson, professor of health research and policy and neurology and neurological sciences at Stanford University.

Research has produced mixed results about whether soy helps protect so-called “cognitive” health, such as memory and other thinking skills. Some research has even found that soy has a negative effect on thinking skills.

At the study start and then 2.5 years later, the researchers gave the women a battery of tests to evaluate thinking skills. Among the skills tested were verbal memory, visual memory (such as remembering faces), putting letters and numbers in sequence, and other tests. The researchers analyzed results on 313 of the women after some dropped out.

The investigators found no differences in overall mental abilities in the two groups. When they did a secondary analysis, they did find women on soy had a greater improvement in visual memory.

“I think the study is large enough that if there were meaningful overall cognitive effects to be found, we would have found them,” Henderson said.

The rest of the article can be read here.

Will eating soy help my memory develop?” For those of you whose diets include plenty of soy, the news is disappointing. But if you have a look at some of the other posts in this blog, you’ll find information about foods that do help your memory.

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What Foods Cause Memory Loss?

What foods cause memory loss? You would have to have been living under a rock not to have heard at some point that there are fats in our diets that are considered good for us and fats that are considered bad. Apparently, the bad fats are bad for our brains as well as for the rest of our bodies.

What Foods Cause Memory Loss?

Researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital studied fats and cognitive function in women.

The outcome of the study showed that women who admitted to eating high amounts of “bad fats” did not have as healthy of a cognitive function as the women who did not consume a lot of saturated fats. In contrast, the women who ate high amounts of monounsaturated fats had much healthier cognitive outcomes over a long period of time.

Examples of foods that are high in saturated fats include:

  • Meat products, such as fatty beef, pork, lamb and poultry with skin
  • Dairy products, such as cream, butter and cheese.

Examples of foods that are high in Monounsaturated fats include:

What foods cause memory loss? Apparently, foods high in saturated fats do. However, those high in monounsaturated fats, such as nuts, protect the brain.

  • Avocados/Guacamole
  • Olive/Canola Oil
  • Nuts
  • Seeds

The entire article can be read here.

It appears that the same monounsaturated fats that are good for the rest of our bodies are also good for our brains and our memories.

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Memory Tips for a Younger Brain

This article provides a comprehensive list of many of the memory tips for a younger brain and a sharper mind that you’ve read about in other posts on this blog. [Read more...]