“Does anyone else put things in a safe place and forget where that safe place is”??
I totally identify with this and find myself skimming through all my safe places to eventually find what I’m looking for. Remembering small things like appointment dates, money owed, finding the house or car keys, kid’s books and assignments also seem like difficult tasks at times.
During my school days I often was the one amongst friends and family who was given the responsibility to remember things like birthdays, phone numbers, subject marks etc. We also didn’t have our mobile phones then and I knew the phone numbers of most of my classmates by heart – reason being that I was too lazy to write them down and even too lazy to skim through the phone diary to look for numbers written down ;). Things are very different these days where we have our cellphones to save all the possible information right from phone numbers to birth dates to notes to reminders. We are making less and less use of our remembering skills.
Here are a few things easily available in our kitchens that act as memory boosters and help ward of brain disorders
Almond – ever since childhood we’ve been hearing our elders tell us about and make us eat almonds to improve memory. Almonds have a high concentration of antioxidants as well as are rich in omega3 fatty acids which are both very helpful in boosting our memory.
How I use it: Soak 3-5 almonds per person in the family overnight and have these in the morning either pre or post breakfast. I also have a jar with powdered almonds, pistachio, nutmeg and saffron which I mix in mill and give the kids.
Walnut – Walnuts are shaped like the brain and also one of the superfoods that help in improving memory. They contain polyunsaturated fats and omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin E which help improve memory function, concentration and cognitive abilities.
How I use it: Walnuts are generally kept in a jar on my dining table and handy whenever we are around. The kids munch on them when hungry or just before going down to play or when back from out. Also it is a good inclusion in desserts or while making cookies or chocolates.
Fish / flax seeds – Oily fish like salmon, mackerel and trout have a high content of omega-3 fatty acids which help in improving memory. The vegetarian equivalent for the oily fish are flax seeds which also have a high content of omega-3 fatty acids and help improve brain health.
How I use it: Fish is a part of our diet and no special effort is required here. I do add some flax seeds along with some other grains to the wheat that get ground in the flour mill to make chapattis at home.
Kalonji (black seeds or Nigella sativa) – Kalongi possess antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties and this helps in boosting memory and concentration. They also help in treating absentmindedness and enhancing alertness.
How I use: Kalongi powder or seeds can be mixed with honey and had once a day. This is not something I have been able to use in the regular routine though.
Amla (Indian gooseberry) – Amla has been used since a long time as an ingredient for better hair texture. Recent studies have shown amla to be very helpful to improve memory and in the management of Alzheimer’s disease.
How I use: This is generally consumed as a pickle at my place. Also amla is available in powdered form which can be mixed with honey or warm water and had 1-2 times a day. This again is something that is not very frequently consumed at my home yet.
Beetroot – Along with being a good source of hemoglobin, beetroots also help in increasing the blood flow to the brain. This sharpens the memory and helps to improve concentration too.
How I use: Beetroots taste wonderful as a salad or soup and also beetroot subji goes very well with chapattis. Adding some beetroot to the chapatti flour or dossa batter gives a wonderful colour and the kids are attracted to eating it as well
Chocolate – This is my favorite memory boosting super food J. Dark chocolate is stuffed with antioxidants, which is great for the brain. Milk chocolates also help in increasing and sharpening the memory and concentration level.
How I use: DO I even need to mention it ……
While consuming these super foods help tremendously in boosting memory and concentration, our lifestyle also needs to be checked for reasons that are making our memory weak. Some of the main causes of memory loss especially at younger ages are
- Faulty sleeping habits
- Depression and over thinking
- Vitamin B deficiency
- Malfunctioning thyroid
- Smoking and alcohol
- Negativity and toxic people around
Meditation and lifestyle changes along with the consumption of these superfoods will help us two fold – improving and retaining memory and brain power as well as de-stressing and relaxing.