Growing up, my mother always insisted we eat our fish because “it’s brain food.” And, as usual, it turns out mom was right.
Years later, it was confirmed that the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish are terrific for our brain health and can help support a stronger memory.
So on this special day, I want to thank my mom… and all the moms out there… for their invaluable advice over the years.
And if you’re a mother or a grandmother, I have another brain tip for you. It could help enhance your own memory. Plus, if you share it with your kids or grandkids, it could help them head off cognitive issues in the future.
Because let’s face it, once you experience a so-called “senior moment,” the worry sets in. Because you can’t help but wonder if you’ve suddenly boarded the express train to dementia.
But new research reveals a trick to help you make an emergency stop. Researchers have spotted a safe way to bump up brainpower in the folks who need that lift the most.
It works best in those who may already be feeling those first subtle symptoms of cognitive loss and are at risk for decline and dementia.
And the best part is this memory solution isn’t a pill of any kind. It’s not a drug or even a supplement. Instead, it’s something you can find in the produce aisle of your local grocery store, especially this time of year.
It’s delicious blueberries.
Put memory-boosting BLUE to work for YOU
Everyone gets concerned about memory problems as they get older. But some folks face a bigger risk than others.
If you’re diabetic, for example, or at risk for the disease, you’re far more likely to struggle with cognitive problems and be diagnosed with dementia one day.
The new study focused on volunteers who weren’t diabetic but were in the danger zone. All the participants were overweight or obese and struggling with insulin problems. And ALL of them reported those frightening mental slips that could mark the onset of memory problems.
Some of the volunteers were given those blueberries I mentioned earlier. They got the equivalent of half a cup a day in powdered form (to keep the amounts consistent). And the rest of the participants were given a look-alike placebo.
After just three months, there were already noticeable differences between the two groups.
The lucky folks who took the real blueberry aced critical cognitive tests. They did better on the Controlled Oral Word Association Test, where you have to name as many words as you, as fast as you can that start with a specific letter.
They also did better on a recall intrusion error test, a measurement for short-term memory.
More importantly… when asked to rate their own performance out in the real world over the study period… the volunteers taking the real blueberry supplements simply FELT sharper.
Enhance your cognition at any age
Blueberry – either fresh or in the form of a blueberry-based supplement – is an excellent way to support a healthy memory. But, of course, blueberries aren’t the only trick you can try if you’re at risk for cognitive problems.
Another piece of advice my mom often gave me was that with most things in life, “if you don’t use it, you lose it.” And once again, she was spot on.
Simply challenging your brain more often can help fight memory problems. Doing puzzles, solving brain-teasers, attending lectures, and even socializing with friends can stimulate your mind and boost your brainpower.
In addition, curcumin, fish oil, and B vitamins can all support memory health. And they’re especially effective in older folks who are at a higher risk for cognitive problems.
And finally, there’s one dynamic duo that folks usually associate with vision health that could turn out to be your brain’s best friend. Studies have found this all-natural pair can help on nearly every level of cognitive health that matters most, including memory.
I’ve got all the details you need in my earlier report, “Nutrient tag team could REVERSE cognitive problems.”
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