Any memory loss?
Forgetting where you put your keys may not necessarily be a sign that you’re getting old. For many of us, memory loss is largely due to the brain not getting enough of certain vitamins and minerals. Last year, an Australian study found that people who eat more high-fat and high-sugar processed food, like soft drinks and salty snacks, have smaller hippocampi — the part of the brain that’s critical for learning and memory.
The type of fat you eat is also important. Studies link a diet high in saturated fats — found in butter and processed meats like sausages, bacon and salami — to poor results in thinking and memory tests. Conversely, eating plenty of healthy unsaturated fats, like those found in salmon, nuts and avocado, has been shown to reduce the risk of developing dementia by half.
NUTS All nuts are rich in omega-3 fats, which play an important role in keeping your brain healthy. They are also high in vitamin E, an antioxidant that may reduce the likelihood of memory loss. Walnuts are especially beneficial, with a 2014 US study showing just a handful a day can help improve cognitive function.
EGGS These are packed with protein, vitamin B12 and iron. Eggs also contain choline, which has been shown to help memory and mental alertness. The Heart Foundation recommends eating up to six eggs a week. While supplements offer concentrated amounts of some antioxidants, research tells us the combination of antioxidants found in real foods benefits our long-term health the most.
Highly processed foods may be linked to memory loss