10 Foods That Boost Memory

BlueberriesAt least a couple of times a week, I find myself losing a hefty portion of knowledge I’ve recently gained. I’ll rummage through every conceivable location where I could have left my sunglasses despite having seen them five minutes earlier. The number of times I’ve had to call my roommate, seeking her valiant rescue after I’ve forgotten my keys and locked myself out of my apartment, extends beyond my ability to count. And I can’t help but feel a little embarrassed–even inconsiderate–when I have to ask my closest friend three times over the course of a day what time I’m supposed to drive her to the airport. Short-term memory isn’t an easy thing to sustain and keep vital. If you’re looking for a simple way to combat the elusive nature of information retention, check out this list of 10 foods that’ll get your mental motor running.

1. Blueberries

A lengthy list of studies has indicated that these antioxidant-rich spheres of tartness work wonders for the brain. Blueberries contain the phytochemical anthocyanin, which has been linked to memory improvement.

2. Apples

Boasting a high concentration of quercetin, apples have been shown to protect the brain against Alzheimer’s disease. Be sure to not to peel your slices, though, since the skin contains the most of this valuable antioxidant.


3. Eggplant

Another great source of anthocyanin, eggplant also contains the antioxidant nasunin, which helps protect lipids in brain cell membranes.

4. Onions

You’ll find quercetin in red, yellow, and white onions. Try to prioritize red onions, though, for their additional anthocyanin content.


5. Broccoli

With both quercetin and folic acid, broccoli is your brain stem’s best friend.

6. Spinach

Also high in folic acid, this leafy vegetable, like its aforementioned green cousin, helps prevent, and maybe even reverse, memory loss.

Red Beets

7. Red Beets

Red beets combine the best of both worlds, offering the anthocyanin of the red foods and the folic acid of the greens.

8. Rosemary

This herb not only enlivens the flavors of food, but also contains carnosic acid, a key element in preventing neurodegenerative brain disorders.



9. Cherries

You guessed it! Cherries are yet another delicious source of anthocyanin.

10. Grapes

Seeing a pattern? Grapes fall within the red, purple, and blue color spectrum, which, in fruits and vegetables, usually indicates high levels of anthocyanin and quercetin. (Of course, four glasses of wine won’t have quite the same effect.)

Don’t forget to enjoy!

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