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.

Shrimp


This seafood favorite has high levels of vitamin B12, which has been shown to prevent memory decline and is crucial for healthy nerves and brain cells. Together with folate and vitamin B6, vitamin B12, too, helps eliminate homocysteine. Shrimp are also rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which have been shown to improve your memory function as you age. Try it in this brain-boosting stir-fry!

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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