Any mem­ory loss?

Healthy Food Guide (Australia) - - FEATURES -

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.

Fight back!

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

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