As we age, our memory seems to become an issue. Has it happened to you??? It happened to me for quite some time now. And I keep saying to myself that I have to do something!
It’s more than just walking in a room and forgetting what I went in for. Just recently, I misplaced my seizure medications. I had called the pharmacy because I was running low, and they said I had picked up a three month supply back in July. My husband and I searched everywhere!! The house, both vehicles, the garage. It was awful. Then later that evening it hit me. I had put the extra bottles of medicine in my medicine cabinet. See why I have to do something?
Right now, pretty much everything goes into my smartphone’s calendar, with reminders. If I don’t put it on my phone, I’ll forget it. I have an ongoing grocery list. At times, I feel as if my brain is this big mass of nothing. I know I am not dumb, but my memory sure makes me feel as if I am.
I wish I had all the answers to remedy this, but I don’t. I will be learning as I write this article just as you will be, by reading it. I plan on living for a long time, and I want my brain to be sharp, quick, and healthy.
So today is my starting point. Today is the day I will take action to improve my memory. To be quicker and sharper. Would you like to improve your memory as well?? You can join me. We can learn together. Possibly share our progress and ideas. Are you ready to improve your memory???
Here is a list of foods that I found online when researching this topic. Some claim to boost your brain, memory and focus. Others are superfoods for our brain’s health.
- Avocados – helps prevent blood clots in the brain.
- Beets – boosts blood full to the brain, which helps with your mental performance.
- Blueberries – protects our brain from degeneration as well as stress.
- Bone Broth – helps improve memory.
- Broccoli – helps with keeping your memory sharp.
- Celery – contains high levels of antioxidants
- Coconut Oil – helps with memory loss as we age.
- Dark Chocolate – helps with blood flow to not only the brain but to the heart too!
- Egg Yolks – contains large amounts of Choline, helping in fetal brain development in pregnant women.
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil – improves learning and memory.
- Kale – can fuel brainpower. Slows mental deterioration compared to those that consume no vegetables.
- Oranges -key to preventing mental decline.
- Pumpkin Seeds – protects the brain from free radical damage.
- Romaine Lettuce – can fuel brainpower. Slows mental deterioration compared to those that consume no vegetables.
- Rosemary can help protect the brain from neurodegeneration.
- Salmon – helps in keeping your brain running smoothly, improving memory, and clears up that brain fog!!
- Spinach – can fuel brainpower. Slows mental deterioration compared to those that consume no vegetables.
- Swiss Chard – can fuel brainpower. Slows mental deterioration compared to those that consume no vegetables.
- Turmeric – improves your brain’s oxygen intake.
- Walnuts – improve your mental alertness.
All the above foods contain so many vitamins and minerals.
Also, many of these foods may help in the prevention of Alzheimer’s, Dementia, and mental decline, to name a few.
Looking for recipes to include these foods in your diet, check out the link below:
Vitamins & More
- All the vitamins in the B group are essential for good brain health.
- C – protects the brain from oxidative stress.
- D – Prevents cognitive decline and improves your memory and problem-solving abilities.
- E – benefits your mind and memory.
- K – Keeps your brain sharp as well as boosts the speed of brain functions. Also, it improves cognitive functions and enhances memory in older adults.
- Calcium – vitally important for healthy brain functioning.
- Creatin – can improve memory as well as thinking skills. Especially for those that do not eat meat.
- Fish Oil – Improves brain health. And has many other health benefits too.
- Ginkgo Biloba – increases blood flow to the brain and may improve brain functions like focus and memory.
- Magnesium – improves working and long-term memory. (when taken with vitamin B’s)
- Zinc – great for your brain health.
These are just a few that I found when searching online. There were suggestions such as coffee/caffeine “by stimulating the brain and central nervous system, which tends to make you feel more alert.” Although I agree with that statement, to me, this is only a quick fix. So I decided not include it on my list.
By no means am I claiming to be a doctor. But I do suggest that you always check with your doctor before you decide to add vitamins, supplements, minerals and/or herbs to your diet.
Do you have a suggestion that helped you, drop me a comment below, and I’ll add it to the list!!
I Have Tried This
There are so many OTC supplements claiming to help with improving your memory. Helping with focus, recall, learning, etc. I have only tried one. So I can only give my opinion on one. It is called Prevagen. It comes in regular and extra strength. They’re in capsule-form, and chewable. Prevagen is a dietary supplement, for a healthier brain, sharper mind, and clearer thinking. I can say that taking Prevagen over time did help me to think clearer. And I was able to recall things better. It is expensive, but worth it if you can afford it. Be sure to read my review below; follow the link below.
It contains the ingredient apoaequorin. Apoaequorin is a protein that is obtained from a specific type of jellyfish that glows. It is a protein our brain needs for healthy function.
Again, I am not claiming to be a doctor. My opinion on Prevagen is from my personal use. If you decide to give Prevagen a try, please consult with your doctor first.
- Board games: helps your brain in many areas. Games such as Monopoly, Risk, and Scrabble are good ones to start with.
- Chess: this works both short-term and long-term memory. (also try checkers and backgammon)
- Concentration: Remember this game as a child? Still works, use a deck of cards, play that way. There are also apps for this. I will be listing apps below that help with improving all areas of the brain.
- Crossword puzzles are a cognitive exercise. To keep yourself challenged, you should switch out with word search games. This helps to keep your brain engaged.
- Jigsaw puzzles are an excellent exercise for engaging short-term memory.
- Sudoku puzzles: by working these kinds of puzzles you are engaging your working memory.
These are only a few suggestions. Let me hear what works for you by leaving a comment below. I’ll add them to my list!!
There are so many apps to help with memory, recall, problem-solving, being sharper, and more. I won’t make a huge list, but I will include those that I play regularly, those I have tried, and those that have been suggested to me by other friends.
Some of these games are free with paid upgrades, may have a one time fee for the app itself, or are just free!
- Boggle With Friends – Word Game
- Brain Game – Picture Match (like Concentration)
- Brain It On – Physics Puzzles
- Brain Training
- Classic Word Solo
- Clockwork Brain Training – Memory & Attention Game
- CogniFit Brain Fitness
- Crossword Puzzle (free)
- Daily Newspaper Crossword Puzzles
- Daily Themed Crossword
- Elevate – Brain Training Games
- Flow Free
- Infinite Word Search Puzzles
- Jigsaw Puzzles Epic
- Logic Master 1 – Mind Twist
- Memorado – Brain Games
- Memory Games – Brain Training
- NYTimes Crossword
- Quick Brain Mathematics – Exercises for the Brain
- Skillz – Logic Brain Games
- Sudoku (just type Sudoku in your store’s search bar, and tons will come up!)
- Train Your Brain
- Word Connect – Word Games
- Words with Friends
I believe most of these are for either iPhone or Android. And can be found at either of the stores below:
Google Play Store – Android
Apple Itunes Store – iPhone
Please, share any apps you have tried that I can add to my list in the comments section below!
Don’t forget to read. I read every night. For me, it is a way to quiet my brain and focus. It helps with my comprehension & concentration. My vocabulary. I have to follow a story with characters and remember it–recall. Besides, I enjoy reading!!
What hobby do you have that you feel helps with your brain in one way or another??? Let me know in the comments below. And thank you!!!
In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count; it’s the life in your years. –Abraham Lincoln