The Diet-Memory Connection

The great memory challenge memory enhancing food

There is promising new research from the field of neuroscience
connecting our diet and our memory function.
You can start with these ‘memory munchies’

 

Study #1 – The Annals of Neurology published a study showing that women who ate the most saturated fats from foods such as red meat and butter performed worse on tests of thinking and memory than women who ate the lowest amounts of these fats.

Study #2Harvard Health also reports  that scientists believe that when cholesterol plaques block our brain blood vessels from receiving oxygen-rich blood that could compromise thinking and memory.

 

THE ‘CHOCOLATE’ SCIENCE

The Great Memory Challenge and chocolate

A study from Loma Linda University in California found that there are benefits to enjoying anti-oxidant rich dark chocolate (70 percent cocoa beans)  because chocolate shows a positive effect on brain waves related to memory and recall.

THE ‘BERRY’ SCIENCE

The Great Memory Challenge and berries

The Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry found that scientific evidence exists indicating berries have a positive effect on our brain and may offer protection against age-related memory loss. Because of their high antioxidant content, berries can help prevent inflammation which damages our brain and its cognitive functions.

THE ‘WALNUT’ SCIENCE

The Great Memory Challenge nuts

A study from the University of California suggests that eating a handful of walnuts per day — or even less — may help boost memory, concentration and the speed at which our brain processes information.

And a study in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that adults who added nuts to their diet lost more weight and reduced their waist size by more than ½ inch.

 

Now, how about that pizza!

The Great Memory Challenge nuts

Try switching to a cauliflower crust or swapping out some of your less healthy toppings for some of these healthier ones:

Spinach, kale, garlic, parsley, fresh tomatoes, bell peppers, asparagus, olives, onions, mushrooms, watercress, zucchini, squash, tofu, chicken sausage, turkey pepperoni, nuts, arugula, broccoli, eggplant, artichokes, beets…and the list goes on.  Sprinkle with chia, pumpkin, or sunflower seeds, and drizzle with extra virgin olive oil.

Bon Appetit!!!