Foods to Improve Memory

It can be hard to imagine that you can use foods to improve memory as you age, but, if you understand that a lot of things influence how our bodies, and our minds, work, you might be able to see the connection.

So many things; how we sleep, the exercise we give, even our social links and the activities we pursue for pleasure or profit, can have a great deal of influence not only on outwardly observable features such as our strength or skin tone, but can even subtly or specifically influence our ability to think clearly.

Among the mental abilities which appear to fade as we age is memory.

In fact, noticeable errors in memory, such as forgetting where our keys are, can be an early, and sometimes terrifying hint of approaching old age for many of us.


Having said that, it is probably good news for many of us to learn that we can have some control over the strength and ability of our mind, and improve memory skills at any age.   It is possibly even better news, for some of us at least, to learn that memory lapses not only are common as we age, but do not necessarily signal the onset of senile dementia, or worse.

If you have been worried about the onset of memory loss as you age, in many instances, some of the apparent increases in memory loss are often accounted for simply by the fact that we have become more aware, and more afraid, of them!

It is also good news to learn that some simple changes, such as in the foods we eat, can have an effect on our memory as well as other aspects of our health.

If you are in, or approaching, your senior years and have become more concerned about health matters, you will almost certainly have heard of antioxidants. If you are aware of them and what they can do to help keep you younger physically, you may not be surprised to learn that they also work well to keep your memory young as your brain gets old.

To get your antioxidants naturally, scientists recommend eating foods that are high in these substances. These foods to improve memory include blueberries, apples, bananas, dark green vegetables, garlic and carrots.

IMPORTANT: Red wine, and dark chocolate can be good sources of these compounds as well.

Unfortunately, red wine and chocolate in excess can be bad for you for other reasons, so stick with just a glass (for women) or two (for men) a day, and a few pieces of dark chocolate.

Other research has indicated that Omega-3, which is found in many types of fish and nuts, also appears to help brain functions, including memory.


1. Exercise regularly

2. Socialize

3. Challenge your brain with puzzles or by learning new skills

4. Take a daily multivitamin to get the vitamins and nutrients you need.


For those of you who would like to be a kid again, some studies have even hinted that chewing gum might be good for better mental acuity!   More easy ways to improve your memory can be found at Discover how to improve your skills in memorizing numbers, events, names and other important information without difficulties.

About Donovan Baldwin

I am a 68 year-old fitness fan and freelance writer. I am retired from the U.S. Army after 21 years of service and am a University of West Florida alumnus (BA Accounting 1973). For several years, I have been writing and publishing articles on many subjects with a concentration on health, fitness, exercise, and weight loss.
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