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The 5 Best And Most Delicious Edible Memory Boosters

by Natasha Wanderly June 16, 2018

We have fantastic news for all you biohackers out there: You can actually eat your way to better memory. That’s right. There are many delicious edible memory boosters out there, and they all have their own special way of supporting your brain health.

To help you narrow down your next grocery list, we’ve finally selected 5 nom-worthy brain foods, each with a unique way of contributing to your brain power:

  1. Dark chocolate
  2. Blueberries
  3. Salmon
  4. Avocados
  5. Red wine

Note: All of the foods mentioned below have a beautiful array of health benefits, but for this article, we will just be focusing on the brain and memory-related ones.

The Top 5 Delicious Brain Foods

Dark Chocolate memory foods

1. Dark chocolate

We want to kick this article off with an exciting start. Dark chocolate, (yes, chocolate) is actually great for your overall health, but is especially good for your brain! Pure cocoa is the best; however, it may be too bitter for some people (if so, try adding honey!). So, a good rule-of-thumb is the darker (purer) the chocolate, the better — aim for at least 70-85% cocoa. Mmm, rich goodness…

Chocolate is loaded with flavanols, which have powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties; both of which help to lower blood pressure and improve blood flow to the brain. As well, it provides many natural stimulants, such as caffeine, that sharpen your focus and increase your ability to concentrate.

On top of all of that, these compounds also tickle and excite your brain’s reward system (your endorphins) and help to improve your mood. Although, we’re sure you already knew that chocolate was a hearty mood enhancer.

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2. Blueberries

Also known as “brain-berries,” these little balls of juicy goodness provide outstanding proof that great things really do come in small packages. Blueberries are one of the most powerful brain foods out there.

To begin, they are one of the highest antioxidant-rich foods in the world (we can’t speak for other planets… yet). Combine their heroic levels of flavonoids, gallic acid, vitamin C and K, and fiber, and you have yourself a brain that is well protected against oxidative stress and degeneration. Plus, these compounds play an important role in improving memory, cognition, brain cell communication, learning capacity, and even motor skills.

Nature’s miraculous blue candy may just be one of the most efficient (and delicious) memory boosters out there.


3. Salmon

Hello, salmon. Goodbye, brain fog.

Deepwater fish, such as salmon, is one of the most overall nutritious brain foods. What’s its special ingredient? Omega-3 essential fatty acids, DHA and EPA — nutrients that play a vital role in brain health. These helpful fatty acids work to keep your brain running optimally by improving memory and focus, preventing cancer, and offering an array of anti-inflammatory substances. Not to mention, they help manage stress and produce our favorite brain chemical, serotonin — feeling good is absolutely a gift both to and from your brain.

If you are vegan or vegetarian, you can get these omega 3 memory boosters from plant-based sources such as chia seeds, linseeds, brussel sprouts, walnuts, and many others.

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4. Avocados

Healthy blood flow equals a healthy brain. For that, avocados are one of the greatest super brain foods available to us. With their high levels of monounsaturated fats (the good kind of fat), vitamin K, and folate, avocados keep blood sugar levels optimal, prevent blood clots, and greatly improve cognitive function (particularly concentration and memory).

Plus, they are the main ingredient in guacamole. Need we say more? Avocados are our friends.

Red wine

5. Red wine

You didn’t think we would leave on an unexciting note, did you?

This is wonderful news for all: Those treasured dark chocolate and red wine nights are actually great for the health of your brain. That is, in moderation, of course — we all know how detrimental too much alcohol can be to our health.

Research has shown that red wine’s antioxidant, EGCG, helps wash away harmful proteins, such as beta-amyloid and tau, in the brain. In other words, red wine works to actually clean your brain; it also does this by reducing inflammation. Do you always feel a bit more clear-headed after a glass of wine, too? Perhaps this is why.

As well, modest amounts of red wine may help to improve spatial memory and build stronger bonds between nerve cells.

Cheers to that.

What is the best supplement to improve memory?

There are a lot of beneficial natural supplements that have positive effects n your brain, memory, creativity, alertness, and cognitive functions.

Here are some of them:

  1. Fish Oils
  2. Caffeine
  3. Acetyl-L-Carnitine
  4. Ginko Biloba
  5. Creatine

What is the best vitamin for memory?

Naturally, all vitamins are good for your body’s well being, but there are some vitamins that affect one function better than the others.

With memory, the vitamins that work the best are Vitamin B, especially B-12, and omega fatty acids.

Is There any medicine to improve memory?

For people who have problems with memory, like Alzheimer’s disease, there are some medicines approved by The U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Those are cholinesterase inhibitors (Aricept, Exelon, Razadyne) and memantine (Namenda).

However, these are medicines for actual diseases, so we would strongly suggest keeping to vitamins, supplements, and other foods good for memory.

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What are your favorite edible memory boosters? Share with us in the comment below!

by Natasha Wanderly
Natasha is a happy no-mad with a love for living lucidly, dancing with fire, and talking to strangers. She's also an enthusiast of self-development and personal growth, and is constantly reading and writing about it. From living with Shamans in the Amazon to studying hieroglyphs in Egypt, she is always on some type of adventure. Every day, she wakes up with two goals: 1) Be here 2) Be love.

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