5 Foods that Help You Memorize Better
Ever had these moments when you had read the whole night and prepared for an exam only to forget everything during the exam? Food is important not only to keep you healthy physically but also keep you alert and sharp mentally. To memorize better and retain what you have learnt, you will need to eat better. What you eat will not only help you in the short term, but will also help fortify your brain and stave off dementia for a while as you get really old. Studies that deal with the relationship between food and memory suggest that the more produce you add in your diet, the better. Studies conducted on women over the course of 25 years have proved that those women who took more produce in their diet managed to stay sharp and retain their memory at old age better than the women who added relatively less produce to their diet. Here are some foods that help you memorize better and this will help you a lot when you are preparing for exams and even otherwise.
1. Cruciferous vegetables and leafy green vegetables
Some of the cruciferous vegetables such as Broccoli, Brussels sprout, cabbage, cauliflower and bokchoy are known to have the largest impact on people in retaining their memory.
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2. The phytochemicals, anthocyanin and quercetin
The phytochemicals anthocyanin and quercetin are also great foods when it comes to helping you memorize better and retain what you have learnt. Anthocyanin can be found in foods like berries- almost all berries, cherries, black currants, egg plant, purple grapes, plums, rhubarb, red onion, red apples, purple cabbage and red beets. All you have to remember is to eat foods that have red and purple as their predominant color. Onions (red, yellow, white), kale, leeks, cherry tomato, broccoli, blueberries, black currants, elderberries, apricots, apple with skin (Red Delicious), and red, purple, and black grapes are great sources of quercetinn.
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3. Green leafy vegetable
Mustard greens, collard, Kale, swiss chard and spinach are good bets when it comes to help you remember what you have read and what you have listened to.
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4. Folic acid
High levels of homocysteine in the blood leads to memory decline, but when you eat foods rich in folic acid, your memory is protected. Folic acid is also associated with faster processing of information and recall of things you have learnt and seen. Some of the foods with a high content of folic acid include fortified whole-grain breakfast cereals, lentils, black-eyed peas, soybeans, spinach, green peas, artichokes, broccoli, wheat germ, beets and oranges.
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Do you regret now that you did not listen to your mom when she asked you to take fish oil capsules and add a lot more fish to your diet? Recent studies have shown that the essential fatty acids and oils in fish are great for your memory. Fish not only helps you look and feel younger, but also makes you younger in terms of memory.
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It is not only for exams that you will have to memorize. You memorize for work, to buy things later in the day and for a wide array of things. Apart from mind exercises you also give importance to the food you eat to help you memorize better.