4 Essential Memory-Boosting Foods

Research has shown that foods may help reverse memory problems – and the solution could be as close as your kitchen!

4 Essential Memory-Boosting Foods

Does the thought of losing your memory make you nervous? The good news is recent research has shown that foods may help reverse memory problems. If you're looking to sharpen your memory or increase your focus, the solution could be as close as your kitchen. Help keep your mind sharp and focused throughout the day with these four foods.

Beets


Research shows natural nitrates in beets can improve your focus and concentration. As we age, decreased blood flow can contribute to our cognitive decline, but research shows that the nitrates can help dilate your blood vessels and improve blood flow throughout the body – including your brain, thereby improving its function! Top your salad with this red-hued vegetable or try Dr. Oz's Red Drink.

Q: I end up overeating because it makes me feel better and I never really get full. I'd like to lose weight but this makes it hard. Any suggestions?

A: Being persistently hungry can cause big trouble. So can overeating for comfort/pleasure. These two behaviors, say researchers from Baylor University's Children's Nutrition Research Center, are controlled deep within your brain by serotonin-producing neurons, but operate separately from each other — one in the hypothalamus, the other in the midbrain. They both can, however, end up fueling poor nutritional choices and obesity.

Eating for Hunger

When hunger is your motive for eating, the question is: "Does your body know when you've had enough?" Well, if you are overweight, obese or have diabetes you may develop leptin resistance and your "I am full" hormone, leptin, can't do its job. The hormone's signal to your hypothalamus is dampened, and you keep eating.

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