Foods to Strengthen Memory

· September 4, 2014

Memory problems could equate to forgetting small things, or loss of important memories.  They can happen frequently, sporadically, or during times of stress or emotional tension.

Here we will talk about the most excellent foods to help strengthen your memory in the most natural way possible.

It is important to outline the difference between occasional forgetfulness caused by tiredness, distraction, or stress, during which times we forget a name, a date, or some similar detail, from more important and recurring memory loss, when we can’t remember events or things we have done.  Over time, we lose abilities (cognitive deterioration), but we should force ourselves to self-observe (ourselves or whoever we believe to suffer from this).  We should even do exercises to evaluate this.

It is frequently difficult for people to recognize this problem, and if it isn’t properly dealt with, it could also cause despondency, depression, or anxiety.

If you have any doubts or worries, you should consult a medical specialist, as memory loss could be a symptom of another illness.  Diagnosing and treating as soon as possible is fundamental to prevent rapid deterioration.

At the same time, we can help the situation a lot by eating a balanced diet to nourish our brains.  Generally speaking, a varied diet that include fresh foods, fruits, vegetables, and legumes will provide us with the essential nutrients to protect and tone our central nervous system.

There are also a few foods that we especially recommend for their beneficial properties towards memory:


Walnuts are even shaped like brains.  It is amazing how nature gives us clues to resolve health problems.

Walnuts contain polyphenols, perfect nutrients for prevent oxidative stress and to improve cognitive ability.  They also help cardiovascular health.

Eating a handful of these nuts a day will help maintain an agile and young brain.

If you are overweight, eat 3 walnuts a day, preferably in the morning.



This practically miraculous Andean root increases cerebral circulation, which improves memory and concentration.  It is also an excellent physical energizer and naturally lifts moods.

Maca is also a fantastic supplement, as it contains proteins, essential amino acids, carbohydrates, fiber, vitamins (B1, B2, B6…), minerals like iron, calcium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, zinc.

You can buy it in pills or in powder form.  If you want to better control the dosage you take, powder form would be most convenient for you, because it is recommended to begin taking just a small dose, and increase gradually, as this is a very energetic substance.

Ginkgo biloba

One of the best natural remedies for improving cerebral oxygenation, as well as in the extremities, is ginkgo biloba.  This plant improves brain circulation, thereby strengthening memory and mental capacities.  You can start taking it when you notice the first signs of memory or concentration loss, etc.

You could take it as an extract, for example, but it is best to take breaks every once in a while so the body does not get used to it, and to continue reaping its benefits.


Citrus fruits (lemon, orange, grapefruit), eaten for breakfast, contribute to memory improvement.

You can eat them, or even drink them in juices, but they must be natural and self-prepared at the time you drink them.  You can sweeten them with a bit of honey.


Brewer’s yeast

Brewer’s yeast contains several healthy properties, as it is a food very rich in vitamins and minerals, of which are vitamin B12 and folic acid.  Both are excellent for memory.

Thanks to the B group vitamins, it is a healthy strengthener of the central nervous system, allowing it to also improve conditions like depression, anxiety, stress, or apathy, which could also be influencing the memory los.

You can take it in pills or in powder form, blended with a bit of juice.


This medicinal plant is perfect for improving cases of memory loss, especially in the elderly, as it improves the blood supply.  It is also a fantastic remedy for heath problems.

You can drink it in an infusion, at least 3 cups a day, or as an extract, according to the indicated dosage.

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