Does the thought of losing your memory fill you with panic? Put your mind at ease by trying US Memory Champion Ron White’s favorite brain-boosting tips and foods.
Blueberries have earned an impressive reputation as a superfood because they are a great source of antioxidants, and they’ve also been proven to enhance memorization skills. A recent study is the first to show a potential benefit of blueberries in improving memory in older adults at risk for dementia. The best way to reap the benefits of blueberries is by using blueberry concentrate. Mix 1 tablespoon with 4-5 ounces of water. One tablespoon of the concentrate is equivalent to one cup of blueberries. Blueberry concentrate costs around $7 and can be found at health food stores or online.
Pumpkin Seed Oil
The high concentration of omega-3 fatty acids found in pumpkin seed oil improves cognitive function and helps prevent memory loss. Pumpkin seed oil is also high in zinc and actually helps your brain form new memories. Add it to salads, grilled vegetables, or pasta. Pumpkin seed oil can be found at grocery stores and online for $10.
You’ve heard the expression “An apple a day keeps the doctor away,” and it turns out that apples may just also keep Alzheimer’s at bay too. By fighting the effects of aging on the brain, apple chips are a secret brain-boosting weapon. They help prevent the decline of an essential group of neurotransmitters and protect the brain from diseases like Alzheimer’s. Find apple chips at grocery stores and online for $4.
Remembering Names With Visuals
Spend 5 minutes a day assigning a picture to every name and create a visual. Follow Ron White’s example: “Karen is carrot, and then when I meet Karen, I'm looking for the carrot on her face. “ Doing so will ensure you can always match a name to a face and avoid the embarrassment of forgetting!
Brain games, like crosswords and chess are great, but brain yoga is even better because you can do it anywhere and you don’t need any equipment. Just hold up two fists. Stick up one thumb on one hand and the pinky on other hand and switch simultaneously. Practicing this exercise strengthens neural connections and even creates new ones. Studies have found that using your fingers stimulates nerve endings that go directly to the brain. Practice this for 5 minutes a day, and you'll be amazed by how much you improve.