Nutrition plays a vital role in brain function and staying sharp into
the golden years. Personally, my husband is going through medical
school, which is like a daily mental marathon. Like any good wife, I am
always looking for things that will boost his memory fortitude so he
does his best in school.
Nuts like walnuts and almonds (along with other great foods like avocados) are a great source of vitamin E.
Cashews and sunflower seeds also contain an amino acid that reduces stress by boosting serotonin levels.
Tomatoes are packed full of the antioxidant
lycopene, which has shown to help protect against free-radical damage
most notably seen in dementia patients.
Foods Rich in Zinc
Zinc has constantly demonstrated its
importance as a powerful nutrient in memory building and thinking. This
mineral regulates communications between neurons and the hippocampus.
Zinc is deposited within nerve cells, with the highest concentrations found in the hippocampus, the part of the brain responsible for higher learning function and memory.
Some great sources of zinc are pumpkin seeds, liver, nuts, and peas.