Give Your Brain A Boost By Simply Eating These 9 Foods That Improve Memory

Right on the tip of your tongue.

One of the most annoying things is when something is on the tip of your tongue, but you just can't seem to recall it. We've all experienced this — whether it's a name, a place, a historical fact, or a just some simple trivia.

Fortunately there are plenty of ways to improve your memory, such as reading, exercise, and simple hacks. But one of the simplest ways may also be on the tip of your tongue — food.  That's right. To improve brain function, simply be aware of the types of food that contain the ingredients or vitamins that boost brain power. 

1. Broccoli

The veggie has long had a reputation for being healthy. And improving your memory is one of the other benefits of this cruciferous vegetable. Broccoli contains choline and vitamin K which have been shown to improve cognitive function and memory.

2. Blueberries

There are many benefits to eating a variety of different fruits, but studies have shown that blueberries in particular are brilliant for aiding with short-term memory loss. Part of the reason is that they contain anthocyanins which help to counteract the imbalance of oxidative factors. This means they help keep you healthy.

3. Walnuts

Walnuts benefit both your heart and your head. Registered dietitian and nutritionist Marissa Moore wrote an article in Eat Right  that a handful of walnuts may help with your memory.

4. Salmon

Health reports that salmon is high in omega-3 fatty acids, including docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). DHA is particularly important because it helps with the normal functioning of neurons in your brain. BBC Good Food even points out that low levels of DHA have been linked to memory loss, so it's worth stocking up the salmon.

5. Pumpkin Seeds

Nuts and seeds are often dubbed "brain foods" and this applies to pumpkin seeds. Pumpkin seeds, or pepitas as they're sometimes called, are rich in zinc, vitamin B, magnesium, and tryptophan. All of these brain-boosting compounds enhance memory and thinking skills.

6. Avocado

Avocado contains high levels of folate and vitamin K.This help improve cognitive function, including memory and concentration. Dr. Axe also reports that avocados help prevent blood clots in the brain which reduces your likelihood of a stroke.

7. Dark, Leafy Greens

There's a reason why people are telling you to always eat your greens. They have many benefits, but dark, leafy greens such as kale, spinach, and collard greens, are loaded with vitamin K. Science Daily reported that there could be a link between the vitamin and the slowing of cognitive decline as we age.

8. Capers

Are you struggling with your short term memory? Sprinkle some capers onto your food. Food Network Canada explains that they contain high levels of quercetin, a chemical which stimulates memory by improving blood flow to the brain. It's also the same thing that is in green tea.

9. Dark Chocolate

Good news for chocoholics: Chocolate has numerous health benefits and one of those is boosting your memory. PBS reports that dark chocolate could improve your memory by a whopping 25 percent. The findings are based on a study by Dr. Scott A. Small, a neurologist at Columbia University Medical Center. The study involved a group between the ages of 50 and 69 who drank a mixture high in cocoa flavanols for three months. Other studies have also indicated that chocolate is good for your brain function thanks to these flavanols.

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