10 Superfoods that Help Prevent Memory Loss

Forgetfulness is a common complaint among older adults. Whether it’s being unable to remember your neighbor’s daughter’s name or blanking on why you walked upstairs, becoming forgetful can be embarrassing and upsetting. While some memory loss may be inevitable, research has found that you may be able to eat your way to a healthier brain.

These 10 superfoods not only taste great, they have also been scientifically proven to boost brain power and improve your memory:

  1. Blackberries: These small berries can help you learn something new. According to a Tufts University study, blackberries provide you brain with an antioxidant known as polyphenol, which encourages communication between neurons and improves one’s ability to soak up new information.
  2. Apples: Not only do they keep the doctor away, apples can also keep your mental juices flowing. Thanks to an antioxidant plant chemical known as quercetin, consuming apples can help protect your brain cells from free radical attacks that impair cognitive ability.
  3. Chocolate: Good news, chocolate lovers: A study in the Journal of Nutrition found that eating as little as one-third of an ounce of chocolate a day can help protect your brain against age-related memory loss. It’s still dessert, though, so don’t overdo it!
  4. Avocados: Avocados are filled with monounsaturated fats, which help contribute to healthy blood flow in the brain.
  5. Salmon: This fish is a top source of DHA, the predominant omega-3 fat in your brain that’s believed to protect against Alzheimer’s disease.
  6. Coffee: A recent study found that people who drank between three to five cups of coffee a day in their 40s and 50s reduced their odds of developing Alzheimer’s disease by 65 percent.
  7. Tomatoes: Tomatoes contain an antioxidant known as lycopene that can help fight against brain cell damage and improve one’s cognitive function.
  8. Broccoli: This green veggie contains a chemical called sulforaphane that helps strengthen the blood-brain barrier (BBB), a semi-permeable lining that protects the brain from injuries.
  9. Honey: Not only is honey a sweet treat, it also contains several brain-boosting vitamins and minerals, including Vitamin B, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium and anti-oxidants.
  10. Walnuts: According to a study published in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry, walnuts can help reverse some forms of age-related brain wear and tear. These nuts are high in omega fatty acids, which have been shown to improve memory and cognitive ability.

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  1. Just wondered if the healthiest memory foods for diabetics is the same or not. Just wondering about the honey for instance also if the should be regular or decaf (because of heart problems I need to drink) Diabetic heart patients need to also watch they put in their bodies!!

    1. Hi Ronald,
      Thanks for your questions and comments. The memory foods would be the same for a person with diabetes. However, we always want to take into consideration your personal health conditions and health goals that you have discussed with your doctor. Therefore, in regards to the type of coffee and how much you have would vary based on each individual patient. Thanks.
      In good health,

  2. Most of what is listed are good for you…… but my daughter, a doctor, attributes fat in the body to a healthy brain, therefore the avocados and walnuts are good, the rest are good foods, but not necessarily brain foods.

    Would love to know where this information in this article came from ?

    Also, it is becoming more obvious to health care professionals that statins (to lower cholesterol) also take fat away from our brains, and that is also a concern. One way to fight the statins effect on fat loss in the brain is to also take a high quality COQ10 with your statin.

    1. You do realize that your daughter, the doctor, is not the end all be all for this information. I do believe if should you read something that your daughter, “the doctor”, does not believe, information gathered by nutritional health experts, that you should just go on to another page. Also, if I were you, and I felt I just had to challenge what my doctor daughter does not believe, I would look elsewhere on the internet asking specifically about what your daughter believes. I just think it was tacky on your part to challenge health information you have not proven to be wrong or inadequate. Some people that read what you had to say might now be confused about which to believe, since your daughter is a “doctor”. Personally, I believe this was just you finding a way to brag about your daughter being a doctor. Just because someone is a doctor does not mean they know everything. Haven’t you noticed some doctors going in their offices after you have said why you are there, looking up your complaints in their good old PDR to know the scope of what it “might” be.

  3. I know some older guys that smoke stogies drink beer every day. They eat fast food weekly. Eat pasta bread etc. every day. still kicking. they all are over 73

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