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.

Rosemary


Just the smell of rosemary can enhance overall memory, according to a recent study. The amount of one of the main chemicals in rosemary oil, called 1,8-cineole, can be linked to brain performance. The more 1,8-cineole study participants absorbed into their bloodstream, the better their performance on speed and accuracy tests. Keep a plant on your windowsill or add a rosemary-oil diffuser to your room.

Bolster your brainpower with this brain-protection plan!

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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