A bad memory can affect many aspects of our lives, from confusing and irritating us to upsetting those around us, as people can often mistake not remembering for not caring, especially when birthdays are concerned!
If you’re interested in what you can do to help keep your memory sharp, you may find our round-up of memory-boosting foods interesting.
Don’t wait until next Christmas to bring out the nutcracker! A study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology found a link between decreasing levels of vitamin E and an increasingly poor memory. The good news? Nuts are brimming with vitamin E, so include them in a balanced diet (in moderation) and give your levels a top-up.
It’s the foodstuff you’re likely to find in everyone’s freezer, but did you know this vegetable could help your cognitive function and boost your brainpower? It’s all thanks to the vitamin K broccoli contains. This study from the Neurobiology of Aging journal links vitamin K with good verbal episodic memory – referring to the memory of events within the context of their time and space. Pass the veg steamer!
3) Oily fish
We need to eat foods containing essential fatty acids (EFAs) as our bodies cannot create them naturally, and oily fish is a wonderful source of these ‘good fats’. A very exciting study, discussed here by the Huffington Post and published in the journal Neurology, has also found that eating more oily fish can actually increase brain size in later life and might help prevent mental decline related to age.