Short term memory loss is a fact of life as we get older. Is there anything that can be done to help? There are some foods that have been proven to boost brainpower.
Rosemary contains a wealth of antioxidant phytonutrients, including flavonoids and the phenolic compounds carnosol, rosmanol, and rosmarinic acid wich are great for short memory loss. Rosemary extract has shown the capacity to scavenge the peroxynitrite radical, one of the molecules responsible for causing cell death and aging. Consumption of its volatile oils, those that give it its memorable fragrance, help to enhance recall and increase alertness.
To retain nutrients, it is best to wash fresh rosemary under cold running water and pat dry with a paper towel. Do not soak it. Add fresh rosemary to omelets and frittatas. Rosemary is also a wonderful herb for seasoning chicken or lamb dishes. You can also add rosemary to tomato sauces and soups.
Oranges are great sources of folate which helps with memory loss. A recent study in The Journal of Nutrition found that a diet rich in folate – which helps lower levels of homocysteine, an amino acid related to memory loss – is associate with faster recall and information processing.
Eat 2 oranges a day. Eat the orange on its own or cut in to small pieces and add to you salad!
Other great sources of folate are: Romaine lettuce, spinach, asparagus, calf’s liver, collard greens, broccoli.
This fiber rich food is an excellent source of vitamin B1, a nutrient that helps synthesize the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, which is crucial for memory. Low levels of acetylcholine have been linked to age-related mental decline and Alzheimer’s disease. Eat 1/2 cup a day!
Other great sources of B1: Romaine lettuce, asparagus, crimini mushrooms, spinach, sunflower seeds, tuna, green peas.
Two trials have showed that taking an essential oil extract of sage – which inhibits the breakdown of acetylcholine – significantly improved recall in adults for up to 4 hours after consuming. Consume 1 tablespoon fresh or 1 teaspoon of dried sage, or 1 teaspoon sage infused olive oil. Add it soups or use sage infused oil in meat marinade.
Eating super food like the healthy food described above won’t magically bring back your short term memory loss but over time you will notice a significant difference. Remeber that organic products make a huge difference in the effectiveness of these healthy foods, so please consume organic products when ever possible.