Recharge your memory

Recharge your memory

Recharge your memory. You are blessed if you have a photographic memory! Brain stores so much of information that at times it becomes difficult to remember everything.

What you need to eat and skip to keep your memory sharp and get that instant recall during exams

You are blessed if you have a photographic memory! Brain stores so much of information that at times it becomes difficult to remember everything. Surprisingly, food has a great impact on memory and help scattered individuals to sharpen up.

Ageing does not necessarily affect the powers of recall. One has a sharper memory in middle years than in childhood. Research attribute only 5% of brain disorders to diseases like Alzheimer’s. However, in late middle years many people do have memory lapses, which experts call it as Age Related Cognitive Decline (ARCD), symptoms being poor memory, language use and concentration.
Young or old one can do a lot to improve memory…
Ensure steady supply of sugar to brain as it survives only on sugar. Skipping breakfast can affect your memory power.
Ensure well balanced diet along with physical activity.
Keep challenging your brain with word puzzles, learning new things every day and going down the memory lane.
Many foods and nutrients directly help brain function.
Researchers have found that foods that are high in Oxygen Radical Absorbing Capacity (ORAC) are startlingly efficient in improving memory. Blue berries, strawberries and spinach have high ORAC units. Black berries, plums, beetroot and garlic are also quite good.
Iron is the nutrient that directly influences brain function. Meat, liver, prunes, nuts, seeds, egg yolk, dates and green leafy vegetables are some of the rich sources of iron.
B vitamins are crucial for brain cell energy. Vitamins deficiencies like B1, B6, B12, niacin and folic acid were associated with poor concentration.
Whole grains, green leafy vegetables, milk, fermented products, meat, poultry and eggs are very good sources of these vitamins.
Essential fatty acids are required to maintain brain health. Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids are found in fish, oil seeds, nuts, wheat germ and soy.
Lecithin and Choline are needed to produce brain chemical called Acetylcholine. It protects brain from degenerative diseases helps functioning of brain.
Egg yolk, peanuts, soy, green leafy vegetables, liver and cheese are important sources.
Dietary supplements that help brain:
Prescribed food supplements sometimes help alleviate a condition, but care has to be taken to consume these under strict medical supervision.
Gingkobiloba is good for enhancing memory. It is a natural vasodilator helps free flow of blood to brain resulting in supply of nutrients as well as oxygen. Also it scavenges free radicals thus reducing damage to brain. Gingkobiloba supplement is available in pill form in medical stores and to be taken under medical supervision.
Oriental Ginseng also to be taken under medical supervision as it may cause irritation, anxiety and insomnia.
Coenzyme Q10 is manufactured in our body. However supplements are available to boost memory and energy. This too to be taken under medical supervision.
Brain will be powered by what we do, therefore stick to good food habits, thoughts and deeds. Alcohol abuse, sleepless nights, smoking, excess caffeine intake, stress, anxiety, crash diets, skipping meals, drug abuse are some of the most common culprits to kill brain, watch out.
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