Five Foods That Work Wonders for Your Memory

Written by Henrik Rothen

Feb.25 - 2024 12:01 PM CET

Science has proven their effects.

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Yes, "our diet directly affects brain health and the likelihood of developing dementia and neurodegenerative diseases later in life," concluded a 2022 study cited on BestLife. In other words, investing in the right foods can make all the difference. Here's a list of top picks:

  1. Kale, arugula, Swiss chard, and other leafy greens. A 2018 study suggests that consuming these vegetables may "help slow down cognitive decline with age, possibly due to the neuroprotective actions of lutein, folate, β-carotene, and phylloquinone."

  2. Wasabi. Another study in 2023 claims that wasabi can enhance short-term memory and episodic memory by reducing inflammation.

  3. Salmon, tuna, and other fatty fish. Generally, "intake of omega-3 acids improves learning, memory, cognitive well-being, and blood flow in the brain," concluded a 2022 investigation.

  4. Nuts. "Human clinical trials have suggested an association between nut consumption and improved cognitive performance and memory improvement compared to baseline in adults," say the authors of a 2020 study.

  5. Strawberries, raspberries, and other red berries. Typically, this type of fruit "contains a high amount of flavonoids called anthocyanidins that are capable of crossing the blood-brain barrier and locating in the hippocampus, an area of the brain known for memory and learning," states the Alzheimer's Association, cited on the website.

Incorporating these foods into your diet can not only enhance your memory but also contribute to overall brain health.