Improve Your Memory With These Foods
By Pepe Valencia
How many times have you tried unsuccessfully to remember the name of that person or another, or the girl next door? Do you enter a room and forget what you wanted to do? Have you ever gone out of your home and you couldn’t recall if you locked the front door? All of these symptoms, and many others, are signs of memory loss. Around the age of 50 our memory, reaction speed, and ability to learn new skills goes down by half compared to our abilities at the age of 20. But don’t worry, our diet significantly affects how we think, our level of intelligence, and memory. Proper nutrition will affect the level of oxygen reaching the brain, the enzyme activity that increases brain activity, and encourage the development of brain cells and function.
The new buzz in research on wisdom and memory is called programming. According to it, food our mothers ate during pregnancy, and even foods consumed by our grandmothers, may affect the extent of our intelligence today. Programming claims that poor nutrition during pregnancy of the mother and grandmother directly affects certain organs, especially the brain. Folate deficiency and low consumption of protein and calories affects our ability to learn in the future. Iron deficiency during pregnancy affects our IQ. Of course we cannot really affect the quality of our mother’s food during pregnancy, but our present diet influences the quality of memory as well.
What can you do to improve memory?
Breakfast: starts up the brain
According to a study conducted at Harvard University, people who don’t skip breakfast remember more, are more alert, and even their reaction time on the road is better than those who regularly skip breakfast. Our brain consists of 100 billion “hungry” cells. They need a constant supply of energy for essential activities. Although brain cells comprise only about two per cent of total body mass, they consume about 20 percent to 30 percent of the daily calories we eat. It is important to eat foods rich in complex carbohydrates, which are digested slowly in the digestive tract, such as whole grain breads and whole grain cereal with almond or coconut milk and a small fruit such as an apple or a banana.
Omega-3 rich foods: necessary for proper function of the brain
It is important to increase the consumption of omega-3 fatty acid, which the body needs for proper functioning of cells, and cannot produce itself. This acid is abundant in North Sea fish. Fifty percent of the brain is fat and it functions properly by consuming omega-3 fatty acids and DHA. DHA is an essential component in operating nerve cells. It helps regulate brain signal operation and release of hormones, such as serotonin. Since our body does not produce fatty acids itself, the main source will be omega-3 rich fish, such as salmon, and relatively lean fish like mullet, mackerel, and grouper. Chia seeds contain eight times more omega-3 than salmon …to be continued.