Foods that Fight Memory Loss
Springtime is in the air, but don’t let your brain get stuck in the winter blues! When it comes to senior memory care, there are many things you and your loved one can do together to keep your brain alert and healthy. We all forget things from time to time, but as we age, be sure to feed not just your body, but your brain as well. Here are some famous (and not to mention healthy) “brain foods” to stock up on as we approach the spring season.
Fruits, veggies and nuts
The key to senior memory care is making sure your diet is rich in antioxidants.
These little guys fight off free radicals that fill our bodies with harmful oxidation. Once the brain is supplied with enough antioxidants, they form a protective wall in the area of the brain that produce and retain our most cherished memories.
Fish and seafood
We’ve all hear of how fish contain omega-3 fatty acids- but did you know that this is one of the most important supplements that our bodies need to keep our brain healthy and happy. Try starting off your day with fresh tuna and cucumber finger sandwiches that you can eat on the go! And for dinner, season a piece salmon, pop it in the oven, and pair it with steamed broccoli and quinoa for a nutritious (and delicious) meal.
There’s no better superfood as wholesome (and not to mention inexpensive) as the egg.
Ever heard of choline? Neither have we- but did you know that it is an essential compound that every cell in our body needs to function. Most importantly, the part of our brain that houses our memories needs it even more!
In fact, speaking of senior memory care, the egg yolk itself helps regulate homocysteine, a toxic substance that causes your brain to get sluggish over time.
Spice it up!
If you’re a fan of cooking, you’re no stranger to the many spices that are essential to making a meal pop. If you’ve ever had curry, turmeric is the orangey spice that contains a compound called curcumin. This fights off inflammation in the brain that causes long term damage in every part of the brain and body. Cinnamon, saffron and even black pepper are host to countless other that should be a part of your senior memory care diet!
Oatmeal and muesli
If you’re someone that’s worried about senior memory care for either yourself or a loved one, make sure that you’re starting off your days with a hearty bowl of oatmeal finished off with fresh fruit and honey. Whole grains provide you with not only fiber, but proteins that slow down digestion that releases glucose into your bloodstream. The better this process is regulated, the stronger your brain will become and allow it to retain memories about simple day-to-day tasks you do every day!
Greens and lentils
B6, B12 are the most life changing vitamins that allow our bodies to regulate homocysteine (explained in the section on eggs). But the good news is that many leafy greens and lentils also contain high levels of folate (AKA folic acid), that boost our brain’s ability to retain memories. So the next time you’re out grocery shopping, stock up on frozen spinach and kale that you can blend into a smoothie in the morning for an easy way to get in your veggies.