Fox News recommends several foods as memory boosters. For example, sunflower seeds are filled with vitamin E which helps reduce age-related memory decline. Another benefit of sunflower seeds is improved spatial working memory.
For years, people have believed that Ginkgo was a key ingredient in improving memory. Various studies have poked holes in this once common theory. Although it is biological plausible that ginkgo improves memory function, the facts do not back up this assumption.
What we don’t consume can also contribute to memory loss. According to a Tufts University study, dieters who eliminated carbohydrates lost extra pounds, but they also became forgetful and fuzzy headed. A low carbohydrate diet can impair memory function. Memory and mental function return to normal when carbohydrates are reintroduced into a person’s diet.
Other Methods to Reduce Memory Loss
Other methods can also improve cognitive skills and prevent memory loss. Regular exercise, sufficient sleep, and stress management are among the most effective methods. A person can also eliminate lifestyle factors that contribute to their memory loss. Prescription medications, exposure to environmental toxins, drug and alcohol abuse play a role in memory loss.
Some people can lower the risk of memory loss by exercising the brain through lifelong learning. Playing strategy games like bridge or chess are great brain exercises. Doing puzzles, reading a daily newspaper and/or challenging books are also helpful.
Scientists might find new ways to prevent memory decline as they gain a better understanding of how memory works. Until then, improving our nutrition is just one useful way to prevent and combat memory loss.