The world is a constant race and while there are technological inventions to help remind us get by, sometimes we still need our brain for help with remembering things
As a citizen of the world in 2018, there are a million and one things to remember – phone numbers, atm pins, email passwords…the list is endless.
There’s also mundane everyday things like lunch with the girls or dinner with bae.
Indeed, the world is a constant race and while there are technological inventions to help us with this never ending race, sometimes we still need to rely on our good, ol’, fashioned brains for help with remembering things and this is where diet comes in.
Research has proven that a vast intake of certain amounts of foods greatly helps the memory, in turn easing the process of recollecing.
Here are some of them:
Curry: Who knew our trusty old spice which we can always count on to pack some punch to our meals could help with our memories? Now we know, According to research, curcumin, a core ingredient in curry slows formation of plaque deposits (aka amyloid) in the brain which is linked to the development of Alzheimers disease – an acute disease which impairs the memory, thought, speech untill he patient is completely helpless. Curry also helps prevent cancer and heart diseases.
Coffee: We’ve talked about the benefits of drinking coffee, in addition researchers have found that drinking coffee increases brain activity in two locations including one involved with memory
Chocolate: Yep, that’s right. Dark chocolate which is rich in cocoa is a healthy source of flavonoids and antioxidants which have been linked to brain health. Furthermore, it improves blood flow to the brain, resulting in better functioning and improved memory.
Turmeric has generated a lot of buzz recently. This deep-yellow spice is a key ingredient in curry powder and has a number of benefits for the brain.Curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, has been shown to cross the blood-brain barrier, meaning it can directly enter the brain and benefit the cells there .It’s a potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compound that has been linked to the following brain benefits:
May benefit memory: Curcumin may help improve memory in people with Alzheimer’s. It may also help clear the amyloid plaques that are a hallmark of this disease .
Eases depression: It boosts serotonin and dopamine, which both improve mood. One study found curcumin improved depression symptoms just as much as an antidepressant over six weeks
Curcumin boosts brain-derived neurotrophic factor, a type of growth hormone that helps brain cells grow. It may help delay age-related mental decline, but more research is needed .
To reap the benefits of curcumin, try cooking with curry powder, adding turmeric to potato dishes to turn them golden or making turmeric tea.
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