Growing old and losing memory is one of the saddest things in life, your family and friends remember your name and visit but being able to reciprocate is nearly impossible. We’ve all had loved one’s who have had memory loss diseases such as Alzheimer’s, or have experienced dementia or other memory loss related conditions as they’ve aged. My great grandmother couldn’t remember her granddaughter (my mother) myself or any of my siblings.
It’s sad, and it is unfortunate because when it’s your family you want to share life experiences and say things but sometimes it’s too late. Being the person develops memory loss related conditions and who begins forgetting can be something that can be prevented though. This can be something you can take action to prevent now, and if any memory loss related conditions or diseases run in your family you’d be wise to take this advice.
Certain foods have been found to support the brain and cognitive function in staying healthy and active. These foods are rich in certain nutrients that help to support the brain and give it fuel to be more active and to last longer. If your body and brain don’t have enough fuel to keep it running actively and healthy then memory loss and cognitive related diseases can begin to step in.
A healthy diet rich in organic healthy whole foods, raw foods, vegetables, fruits, nuts, sprouts, healthy fats and plenty of pure water is a great start for entire body health, but some foods will specifically influence the health and activity of your brain and cognition as a whole.
4 Foods That Prevent Memory Decline
A four year study was conducted by a group in Spain that found that adding certain foods to a Mediterranean diet slowed cognitive decline in neuropsychological tests. The group contained over 400 people and the results proved that adding specific foods to your diet improve cognitive function and reduce the chances of developing Alzheimer’s, dementia and other memory related conditions.
With that being said here are the 4 foods worth eating more often:
1. Extra Virgin Olive Oil:
Extra Virgin Olive Oil (preferably organic) is rich in healthy fats that support brain health and function as well as antioxidants such as vitamin E that preserve brain function.
Walnuts are rich in many nutrients beneficial for brain health. They contain a number of neuroprotective compounds such as vitamin E, folate, omega-3 fats, and multiple antioxidants. Research shows walnut consumption may support brain health, including increasing inferential reasoning in young adults.
Walnuts also contain a compound known as phosphatidylcholines, a group of lipid fats which are major and important components of membranes which is crucial in allowing the brain to process and store information at a much faster rate.
Hazelnuts are very rich in Vitamin E which does an incredible job protecting the brain and healthy function of the brain. They are also rich in healthy fats that help to keep the brain supported nutritionally as well as protect it from aging invaders.
Almonds are also rich in Vitamin E just like hazelnuts so they are a great brain protecting food. They are also very rich in fiber which benefits gut health, which is linked to brain health.
Keep in mind that the human brain is 60% fat so healthy fats from whole food sources such as olive oil, nuts, coconut oil and other whole food sources benefit the brain tremendously and prolong it’s youthfulness.