This breakfast food rejuvenates your memory!
New research shows that some of the tastiest foods and beverages around have the power to supercharge your brain cells, reducing your risk of memory loss now and in the future!
1 Have an egg a day!
A recent study found that getting plenty of choline in their diets helps older folks perform better on memory tests. An easy way to get lots of this crucial nutrient: Eat an egg! “They’re one of the richest food sources of choline,” confirms dietitian Rachel Bassler, R.D.N. Bonus: Eggs also provide vitamin B-12, which helps protect neurons from age-related changes, U.K. research shows.
2 Sip wine!
A study involving thousands of adults over age 60 found that those who enjoyed one to two alcoholic beverages daily (equal to 12 oz. of beer, 5 oz. of wine or 1.5 oz. of spirits) had an easier time recalling events and had more neurons in the hippocampus, a brain area crucial for learning and memory! Teetotaler? Sip Concord grape juice instead.
3 Snack on berries!
Women whose diets lean toward lots of fruits, vegetables and fish and little saturated fat—and who fit in three or more half- cup servings of fresh or frozen berries each week—are 35% less likely to develop Alzheimer’s, recent research done at Chicago’s Rush University suggests. Researchers theorize that the concentration of healing antioxidants in berries has particularly potent brain-protective properties!
4 Replace sugar with raw honey!
Older adults who consume a teaspoon or two of honey most days enjoy better memories, a recent five-year study concluded. Although high in sugar, honey appears to prevent inflammation in the section of the brain directly involved in memory. Earlier research suggests that nutrients in honey can also improve memory that’s already flagging!