Friday, September 19, 2008

Brain Boosters

Berries of all types may help to protect against the breakdown of brain cells. Blueberries, in particular may help reverse memory loss and enhance spatial memory and learning, according to studies.

Leafy greens like spinach, collards greens, mustard greens, kale, and turnip greens also appear to protect against memory loss. High levels of omega-3 fats, found most readily in fatty fish like salmon and sardines as well as in fish oil supplements, appear to play a protective role in memory, too.

Research indicates that caffeinated coffee can temporarily sharpen focus and memory. One study shows that, after the caffeine equivalent of about two cups of coffee, brain activity increases in two locations, including the part responsible for memory. Another study suggests that women are specially sensitive to the effects of caffeinated coffee, exhibiting a longer-term memory boost than men who drank equivalent amounts.

Always remember that moderation is the key here. And when eating fruits and vegetables make sure they are organic. Better yet grow your own, because you know what type of soil you planted them into.