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Foods You Can Eat to Improve Your Memory

April 10th, 2012 Healthy Living

If your memory isn't quite what it used to be, it can be a common source of anxiety. It's always a little embarrassing to constantly ask a family member where you placed your keys, especially if it turns out they're right in front of you. However, there are a few simple changes you can make in your diet that may help prolong and improve your memory. According to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Ginkgo Biloba is one such supplement.

Historically, Ginkgo has been used to treat a variety of ailments, including asthma, fatigue and bronchitis. It is currently used most frequently to help treat Alzheimer's and improve memory. Typically, you'll find Ginkgo Biloba in capsule or tea form, though it is occasionally used in skin creams. Studies have shown a modest improvement in patient memory weeks after beginning a daily regimen.

HelpGuide.org also recommends working more complex carbohydrates into your diet. Think of complex carbs as gasoline for your brain - they provide long-term fuel for virtually all cognitive abilities, including memory. You can find complex carbs in whole wheat foods like oatmeal, high-fiber cereal and lentils.

Wine (or grape juice), consumed daily, can also prove beneficial for your cognitive skills. When drunk in moderation, your brain can take advantage of resveratrol, a chemical component that helps boost blood flow to the brain. If you don't like the taste of wine very much, you can find it in grape juice, cranberry juice and peanuts as well.

Be sure to limit the amount of saturated fat you consume as well. Studies have shown that it can impair concentration and memory abilities. Avoid food like butter, cheese, whole milk and sour cream whenever possible.