The thought of losing your memory is a no fun. Memory loss is also known as dementia, a syndrome in which there is deterioration in memory, thinking, behavior and the ability to perform everyday activities. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), “Worldwide, 35.6 million people have dementia, with just over half (58%) living in low and middle income countries. Every year, there are 7.7 million new cases.”
The focus of memory loss information is normally on its effects; therefore, not much is mentioned about its possible prevention. Mostly because the common belief is that you can't do anything about losing your memory. Some known risk factors for this syndrome center primarily on diseases that affect the brain directly or indirectly such as diabetes, midlife hypertension, midlife obesity, smoking and physical inactivity and of course, Alzheimer's disease or stroke. Lifestyle factors that enter the equation are age, stress levels, quality and length of sleep, medications, and nutrition.
But research is starting to emerge that shows eating certain foods can actually help boost the memory and brain health. Because the overall health of the body and cardiovascular system can affect the performance between the total number of brain cells (neurons), the smooth flow of communication between the cells, and the health of the cells, keeping the body healthy through good nutrition can result in a better memory.
Therefore maintaining a healthy blood pressure and cholesterol level becomes a factor in maintaining a healthy brain. So stick with a heart-healthy diet to enhance and preserve the memory. This was shown in a study conducted by Tufts University in Boston on 320 men for three years which showed that those who ate foods rich in folic acid showed a protective effect against memory decline. Folic acid is found in dark green leafy vegetables and fresh fruits. More details on this research along with other information on how to boost your brain health with food can be found in an article by Joy Bauer. You will also find out about a surprise beverage that could help keep your memory healthy.