Forgot what you’re looking for? Bad with names? Writing down a lot of lists but then misplacing them? Like most people, you are experiencing some memory loss and growing older doesn’t help matters. Luckily, researchers all over the world are scouring the earth looking for ingredients that might organically improve human recall. With these ingredients and the right diet changes, you too could develop a champion’s memory.
You can swap in a cup of hot chocolate for coffee if you like. A 2013 study found that older adults (73 years old, on average) who drank two cups of cocoa every day for a month had improved blood flow to the brain and performed better on memory tests. Or try a bar of dark chocolate (with at least 70 percent cocoa), which is a good source of flavonoids, antioxidants that have been linked to brain health.
Can’t remember where you put your phone? (Oh , that’s right, it’s in your hand…). Have a cup or three of Joe. Researchers from the University of innsbruck in Austria found that the caffeine equivalent of about two cups of coffee increased brain activity in two locations, one of which is involved with memory. And a study by researchers at the French National Institute for Health and Medical Research found that women over 65 who drank three or more cups of coffee a day where better at recalling words than women who consumed little or no coffee.
If you are on deadline at work, try popping a piece of Trident gum into your mouth. During a 2013 study, researchers at Cardiff University had two groups of people each to listen to a 30 minute recording of a sequence . Later , the group that chewed gum had higher accuracy rates and faster reaction times than the group without the gum. “This suggests that chewing gum helps us focus on tasks that require continuous monitoring over a longer amount of time,” the lead author of the study, Kate Morgan , Explained.
Plan a weekly Indian take out night . Researchers have found that curcumin, a primary ingredient in turmeric and curry powders, slows the formation of plaque deposits and even destroys accumulations in mouse brains. These plaques have been linked to development of
Alzheimer. Curry has also been proven to help prevent cancer and heart disease.
Culled from Sunday Sun