Memory loss is more common as we get older. No matter your age, though, we all have had one of those moments where we forgot something important. While this is normal and nothing to be concerned about, there are healthy supplements you can take to improve memory - and hopefully minimize these occurrences.
1. Omega-3 Fish Oil
You may have heard of this being referred to as ‘brain food’. Omega-3 Fish Oil supplies a rich blend of nutrients needed by brain cells, including protein, long-chain omega-3 fatty acids (DHA and EPA), vitamin D and phospholipids.
Including foods like salmon, mackerel, herring, sardines and fresh tuna into your diet at least twice a week will help brain function. However, if you eat little or no fish, taking a supplement with 600 mg to 1 g of DHA and EPA will help you get your omega-3s and improve brain function as well.
2. Ginkgo Biloba
The Ginkgo biloba tree is 270 million years old. One of the oldest surviving species. Its fan-shaped leaves contain unique antioxidants called ginkgolides and bilobalides. Ginkgolides and bilobalides relax blood vessel walls, reduce blood stickiness and increase red blood cell flexibility which improves brain function.
Ginkgo is one of the most widely used herbal medicines for improving short-term working memory, concentration and thought processes. This supplement is known to improve blood circulation, oxygen levels, glucose and other nutrients the brain needs.
Resveratrol is a polyphenol found in red grapes, red wine, lingonberries, cranberries and redcurrants, as well as the red skins of peanuts.
Resveratrol is a powerful antioxidant that helps to protect brain cells from age-related decline. Taking resveratrol supplements has beneficial effects on word retention and recall. This occurs due to significant increases in connections between brain cells in the hippocampus (a part of the brain involved in memory processing).
A study involving healthy postmenopausal found that taking 75 mgs of resveratrol supplements twice-a-day improves blood circulation in the brain and enhanced mood and cognition.
Eating healthy and being mindful of the things you put in your body isn’t just about looking good; it’s also about keeping your mind feeling its best. What are some ways you exercise your memory? Head to one of our social media pages and comment on a post to fill us in!