Memory loss isn’t just one of the greatest frustrations of aging. It’s also one of the most ALARMING.
Brain burps… mental hiccups… senior moments… absent-mindedness… all of those memory quirks don’t JUST make it a little trickier to navigate the day. They also make you WORRY.
Because every time your brain skips a beat, you have to wonder. Is it just aging?
Or is it something much, much worse?
But new research has uncovered a ridiculously simple trick that could help wipe out some of that worry by easing those memory slips.
That’s right, no more stressing over those little lapses because they could slow and even STOP happening.
It turns out there’s a natural way to help boost your brainpower, improve your memory, restore your focus, and ensure you don’t spend your Golden Years fretting about dementia risk.
And you’ll find it in one of the most unlikely places. And that’s hiding in POPEYE’S favorite food.
Power up your memory with this ‘green’ secret
According to scientists, spinach isn’t just good for Popeye’s muscles (or “muskels,” as the muscle-bound sailor himself would say). It could also give YOU a STRONGER memory.
Spinach is a top source of lutein. You may have heard of lutein before because this potent natural carotenoid is known for helping to support eagle-eyed vision, especially in older folks.
But now it could gain a whole new reputation as BRAIN food. Because the latest research finds that just a little bit a day… just a smidge, really… could help boost your brainpower and fight off those frustrating and frightening memory lapses.
The analysis of five studies finds that 10 mg of lutein per day over 12 months can lead to real improvements in ways you’ll notice. In many ways, you could be SHARPER than ever.
Overall, that tiny dose of lutein improved:
- Visual episodic memory: Remembering and recognizing what you SEE.
- Verbal episodic memory: Remembering and recognizing what you HEAR.
- Inhibition: The ability to FORGET unimportant stuff, leaving room for what matters.
- Attention: The ability to PROCESS information from your memory.
And that’s not all this stuff can do for your brain.
Give your brain a boost with this dynamic duo
A study in 2017 found that higher blood levels of lutein and its longtime partner zeaxanthin were linked to improvements in memory, cognition, and that all-important executive function (essentially, the “boss” in your brain).
This powerful pair of nutrients are longtime partners because they’re often found palling around together in many of the same foods… like leafy greens… and ESPECIALLY that stuff Popeye loves. Spinach.
And when I said earlier that it just takes a smidge, I meant it. One single serving of memory friendly spinach has ALL your daily lutein and zeaxanthin and then some. And if you eat spinach daily, you’re already covered.
If you aren’t already a leafy-greens gobbler like me, it’s time to step up your game. At mealtimes serve up more spinach as well as other sources of this dynamic duo, including kale, chard, mustard greens, and turnip greens.
They’re easy enough to add to your menu, and they’re cheap, too. But if you’re not the leafy greens type, memory supporting lutein and zeaxanthin are often found together as a supplement, especially in vision formulas.