Although it is clear that diet is not going to make us wiser or smarter and that by stuffing ourselves with raisins, we are not going to be less clueless, what science is clear about is that the diet we eat influences the functioning of our brain and, by extension, our stress levels, our sleep patterns, and even our moods. Therefore, although eating raisin tails will not make you have an elephant's memory, we can talk about foods that improve memory because they improve brain function in general.
And it is that as we have already spoken on occasion our brain needs certain nutrients to function perfectly, mainly glucose, although minerals such as zinc, phosphorus, iron or calcium and fatty acids such as omega-3 and omega-6.
Foods that improve memory
Nuts are a source of healthy fats and protein. The carbohydrates they provide are not excessive and are mainly fiber. They also contain minerals such as iron, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, calcium and zinc and provide vitamins of group B and vitamin E.
They contain B vitamins and choline, which helps during the learning phase and to fix what we have learned in our memory. They are a source of proteins of high biological value and contain Omega-3 acids.
Especially those that are rich in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids such as mackerel, salmon, sardines, tuna or cod.
Omega-3 fatty acids are part of the gray matter of the brain and brain cell membranes and their consumption is associated with greater ease of learning and a lower risk of depression.
Olive oil and avocados
Olive oil, as long as it is extra virgin, and avocado are rich in monounsaturated fatty acids that help maintain the integrity and structure of the nerves.
In almost any list of good foods for whatever, red fruits appear - strawberries, raspberries, blueberries. They are rich in fiber, vitamins, minerals, flavonoids and antioxidants, which act against free radicals and delay cellular aging.
Cherries are also rich in flavonoids and antioxidants. They are also a rich source of potassium and in less quantity of magnesium and calcium. They also have fiber that improves intestinal transit and vitamins A and C.
My grandfather used to say that an apple a day keeps the doctor away from the house and, popular belief or not, it is another of those foods that also appears on all the lists of foods that cannot be missing from our diet. They contain antioxidants, flavonoids, and vitamin C. They are an excellent source of soluble and insoluble fiber.
Curry and turmeric
Curry mixtures usually contain turmeric, ginger, coriander, pepper, cardamom, cinnamon, ... The curcumin present in turmeric has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, so it is also a seasoning to consider in our dishes.
Cocoa flavonoids could be useful to improve brain function in cases of fatigue or insomnia, so it could also have beneficial effects on memory, but yes, to benefit from its properties we must consume dark chocolate that has a high percentage of cocoa.
Your digestive system is busy. When you eat something, your food takes a twisty trip that starts with being chewed up and ends with you going to the bathroom. A lot happens in between. The health of your gut plays a key role in your overall health and well-being. You can make choices to help your body stay on tract.