Three Surprising Foods to Help Improve Memory


As we age, it’s not unusual to forget things like where you left your car keys or the password to your email account. Researchers suggest that by adding certain foods to your diet you can help improve both your overall health and your memory. During #BrainAwarenessWeek, check out these three surprising foods that might help boost your brain:

  1. Avocado – Avocados contain monounsaturated fat that contribute to healthy blood flow and lower blood pressure. Hypertension is a risk factor for decline in cognitive abilities, and research suggests that foods like avocado that are rich in antioxidants vitamin E and vitamin C are associated with a lower risk of developing Alzheimer’s.
  2. Sunflower seeds –Sunflower seeds are also good sources of vitamin E. One ounce of dry-roasted sunflower seeds contains 30% of your recommended daily intake.
  3. Sage – For centuries, people were known to take the herb sage for memory loss, and drank teas and tinctures containing extracts of the herb. A study published in Pharmacology Biochemistry and Behavior saw improved memory with just the smallest doses of sage.

If you are experiencing age-related memory problems, The Center for Acute Geriatric Medicine at Flushing Hospital Medical Center offers a comprehensive range of services, including a weekly Ambulatory Memory Disorder and Geriatric Clinic available to senior citizens.  Please call the Ambulatory Care department for additional information at 718-670-5486.

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