Hey, fellas, think about all the information stored in your noggin.
The stats for your favorite team. Your banking password. The words to the song that was playing the first time you danced with your wife.
Sure, that stuff may not be top secret. And it won’t cure cancer or make you a million bucks. But it sure is important to YOU.
Which means it’s worth fighting to keep it all where it belongs… in your memory, and at your fingertips.
And I have some great news. Out of all the fights you’ve taken on in your life, this one could turn out to be the easiest. And it’ll definitely be one of the most delicious.
Because according to a new study published in the journal Neurology, one of the best ways you can protect against memory loss is by loading up on berries and oranges.
How’s that for a tasty way to keep your brain sharp?
Eat MORE produce for LESS memory loss
Researchers from Harvard tracked nearly 28,000 men for the study. They recorded their eating habits and asked them questions about themselves and their memory.
And this wasn’t some short, fly-by-night study either. It lasted for YEARS. In fact, the average age of the guys involved was 51 at the beginning and in the mid-70s by the end.
Which means there was a LOT of data to work with. And after all that time, one thing really stood out. Beyond just having an overall healthy diet, some particular types of foods appeared to help protect the men’s cognitive function.
According to their findings, the men who ate the most fruits and vegetables were 34 percent less likely to report feeling like they were starting to have some memory loss.
Slash cognitive decline with this citrus fruit
And some specific produce led the pack…
- leafy greens
- yellow vegetables
- red vegetables
But the surprises didn’t end there. Oranges flew to the top of the list of foods that protect against memory loss. Or in this case, more specifically orange juice.
The guys who drank the juice every day had a whopping 47 percent less risk of cognitive decline than those who only had OJ once a month or less.
Even better, this study wasn’t based on some obscure measurement only a scientist can understand. It was based on what’s actually important to the average guy. And that’s how THEY felt their memories were holding up.
It’s called subjective cognitive function, or SCF. And experts say it’s a great way to measure how someone’s memory is working in the REAL world.
You measure SCF by asking questions like…
- “Do you have more trouble than usual remembering a short list of items, such as a shopping list?”
- “Is following a group conversation or the plot of a TV program more difficult these days?”
You know the kind of stuff that actually matters in your day to day life.
Mild cognitive impairment linked to Alzheimer’s
But it turns out SCF doesn’t just provide a picture of how your memory is doing from day to day. It can also serve as an early warning system for major memory loss. Because when you start to feel like your memory may not be what it used to be you’re often right.
Experts say these types of questions can expose a hidden case of mild cognitive impairment (MCI). Which is important because 80 percent of folks with MCI go on to develop full-blown Alzheimer’s disease within seven years.
But taking control NOW could help assure you’re part of the 20 percent who dodge dementia.
So go ahead and follow the lead of the guys whose steel-trap memories were still going strong sometimes even decades later. Fill your own diet with plenty of leafy greens, red and yellow veggies such as peppers and squash, and berries. And you too may be able to avoid battling memory loss.
And while you probably already know I don’t recommend drinking too much juice, whole oranges are fantastic for you.
She is an advocate of self-education and is passionate about the power of group knowledge sharing, like the kind found right here on HealthierTalk.com. Alice loves to share her views on holistic and natural healing as well as her, sometimes contentious, thoughts on the profit-driven inner workings of traditional medicine.
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