Diet and Nutrition Q&A by Betty Kovacs
This is a really interesting question that a lot of researchers have given thought to. In fact, there is a considerable amount of data to support some relationships between our diet and memory. While the majority of the research is usually based around Alzheimer's, nutritional deficiencies, and age-related memory loss there is some evidence to show that there are foods that a healthy adult can consume to improve their memory.
Before looking at the data, there are two limitations to keep in mind. The first is that a lot of the studies were performed on animals, so it is hard to say if the information will translate to humans. The second is that it is difficult to accurately test "improvements" in memory. With that in mind, take a look at what these studies have found and see if you can find something that you can try:
All of this research supports what the dietary guidelines say: Eat a well-balanced diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables, high in fiber, low in refined flour and sugar, and add omega-3 fats in place of saturated and trans fat. Now that's food for thought.
Thank you for your question.
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