Tutor Doctor | Aug 20, 2012

Eat your way to a better memory!

Categories: K-12, K12

You’ve had a long summer break free from early mornings and homework, but now you have to get back into the rhythm of things. We’ve looked at ways you can ease yourself back into your routine, but there are ways in which you can jumpstart your brain too. Not having exercised your brain over the break means you might take a while to get your brain back into gear. Only thing is; you may miss out on vital information while you power up your brain.

You can eat foods that will actually help to improve your memory! This will drastically reduce the amount of time you spend studying or doing your homework. Just imagine if you could remember everything your learned, everything you read and everything your teacher said the first time around!

Here are some amazing foods that will help you to feel energized, improve your brain function and help you to remember more.

Fatty Foods
No, this doesn’t imply that pizza and French fries are good for your memory! We mean healthy fats. Healthy fats are foods which contain oils from the Omega-3 family. The Omega-3 family of fatty oils help you to improve your memory. The best sources of healthy fats include salmon, flaxseed oil, canola oil, wheatgerm, eggs and walnuts.

Free radicals flow through your bloodstream and into your brain where they break down brain cells. You can neutralize free-radicals with antioxidants. There are many forms of antioxidants including berries (especially blueberries and acai berries), garlic, carrots, broccoli, tea, soy, read grapes, spinach, tomatoes and whole grains.

High Tyrosine Proteins
Your brain needs neurotransmitters to function properly. Your body can’t make some of the neurotransmitters (like tryptophan). Good sources of tyrosine proteins include soy, seafood, dairy products and eggs.

Vitamins and minerals
You already know that you need the full range of vitamins and minerals live a healthy, happy life, but certain elements are especially important to the brain. Here are the vitamins that will help you to improve your memory:
• Vitamin B6: meat, fish, nuts, vegetables, beans and legumes.
• Vitamin B12: kelp, venison, shrimp, yeasts, algae, scallops, trempeh, miso, tofu and salmon.
• Vitamin C: Citrus fruits, guavas, red peppers, kiwis, tomatoes, strawberries, brussel sprouts and melons.
• Iron: chocolate, clams, oysters, muscles, liver, dried apricots, sunflower seeds and sesame products.
• Calcium: dairy products are your best bet here.

Fiber slows down the rate at which your body absorbs sugars and improves digestion. Eating more fiber means that your brain has a slow and steady supply of essential energy. This improves your memory and all your brain functioning. The brain will only function when it has enough fuel. Foods high in fiber include beans, fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds and whole grains.
Improve your memory (and general health!) by incorporating more memory-building foods into your daily diet.