Increase memory with 10 brain foods


My top 10 brain foods that help to increase memory.  While I was training for the USA Memory Championship in 2009 I was eating these brain foods and even lost 20 pounds.

1:  Whole Grains

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The brain is like any other part of the body.  It needs a steady supply of energy to function properly.  The ability to focus and concentrate comes from an adequate supply of energy in the form of glucose.  We can get glucose from whole grains.  For this this opt for things such as brown cereals, wheat bran or brown pasta.

2: Oily Fish

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Essential fatty acids must be obtained through a diet.  The most effective Omega 3’s occur in fish as EPA or DHA.  Good sources  are salmon, trout, mackerel and herring. Although if you are like me and allergic a great substitute is flax seed oil, pumpkin seeds, pumpkin seed oil, walnut oil, or an omega 3 pill.

3: Blueberries

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This is my favorite, eat more blueberries.  Blueberries have antioxidants that are beneficial for your brain.  I suggest getting a blueberry concentrate and mix it with some water so that you don’t have to eat 1,000 blueberries a day.

4: Tomatoes

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Tomatoes protect against free radical damage to your cells that have be known to lead to things like Dementia and Alzheimer’s. 

5:  B6, B12 & Folic Acid

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In a study with elderly patients they gave one group B6, B12 & Folic Acid and the other group a placebo.  When this two year study was complete they found that the group who have been given B6, B12, & Folic Acid had significantly less brain shrinkage than the ones that took the placebo.

6: Walnuts

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Walnuts are the number one nuts for brain health.  They have a high concentration of DHA, a type of Omega-3 fatty acid.  DHA has been shown to protect the brains of newborn babies and improve cognitive performance in adults.  A 1/4 cup of walnuts provides nearly 100% of the recommended daily intake of DHA.

7: Avocado

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Avocados are a great brain food.  The avocado is a fatty fruit that promotes healthy blood flow.  With healthy blood flow it helps to keep your blood pressure low and is great for cognitive function.

8: Dark Chocolate

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Studies show that 1/2 ounce to 1 ounce of dark chocolate is beneficial to your brain.  Dark chocolate has powerful antioxidant properties which is helpful to your brain and is a natural stimulant.

9: Broccoli

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Broccoli may not be everyone’s favorite food, but it is a great brain food.  It has a good source for Vitamin K which will increase your brain power.

10: Curry

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Curry has a spice in it called Turmeric. Turmeric is fastly becoming one of the most popular brain foods.  Turmeric in a pill form won’t give you the same benefits as being cooked in food.  When Turmeric is cooked in food it actually has a chemical reaction which will be more beneficial for your brain and your memory.

There it is, the top 10 brain foods to increase memory.  Your brain is like any other part of your body, you need to support it with good nutrition and exercise.  For more information on top brain foods to increase memory check out the link