Vitamins For Memory
Here's What You Need for Optimal Brain Function
Vitamins for memory are those substances – whether natural or manufactured – that enhance your powers of recall by nourishing the brain more effectively.
Diet can play a huge role in your brain health as well as the overall health of your system. You can help your brain protect you from oxidative stress by feeding it food rich in antioxidants. Natural antioxidants perform a number of critical functions including a reduction in inflammation (which many believe is the basis of all disease) and a lowering of free radical damage in the entire body – including your brain.
To put it bluntly, if your diet is high in antioxidants, your memory and your overall brain function will improve and strengthen – even as you age.
Antioxidant – Rich Foods
While many foods may fit this description, several that have been studied show the following foods as especially good sources of these critical protecting nutrients:
• Green Tea
An exhaustive list would mean you’d never stop reading!
In addition to adding these nutrient rich memory vitamins in the form of food to your diet, remember to cut the sugar and excessive salt intake as much as possible – this will give you more benefits while not increasing your likelihood of blood glucose problems or sodium related health conditions.
The following vitamins for memory can help to protect your brain as well as reduce the inflammation in your tissues. These powerhouse vitamins are known to knock free radical damage and have a protective effect on the nervous system as well.
• Vitamin C
• Vitamin D
• Vitamin E
• Vitamin B12
While you can purchase these as individual vitamins, their best source is from fresh fruits and vegetables. To read about why vitamin pills can have a negative impact on your health, click here.
Of course, you can get Vitamin D from getting a daily dose of sunlight outdoors – if you get enough sun exposure on your skin (not burning it), your body will create Vitamin D for you from this source.
You may have heard of folate, or folic acid – one of the B vitamins – as being one of the critical vitamins for memory as well as for overall health and well being. Pregnant women are advised to supplement with it to decrease the chances of birth defects.
Increasing your servings of fresh vegetables will increase this memory vitamin in your system, and you will note that it is added to some common items such as enriched bread. (Just be aware, that refining the flour takes OUT the B Vitamins – and the “enriching” process just puts a few back in.) Better to opt for fresh, whole grain breads or grains.
You can obtain Vitamin B12 from the following dietary sources:
• Lean Meats (avoid red meat when possible)
• Cold Water Fish
• Dairy products (low fat when possible)
A few dietary sources of folate include the following:
• White and Red Beans
• Fresh tomatoes and tomato products
• Citrus fruits
• Leafy vegetables
You can get Vitamin E (often called tocopherol) from :
• Root Vegetables
• Leafy Vegetables
• Vegetable Oil
Increasing your intake of fruits and vegetables is one of the prime ways to get these vitamins for memory. Although the American Cancer Society recommends 9-13 servings each day, most people don’t even come close to this. In addition, it is important to have some of these vegetables and fruits in raw form, as they contain live enzymes vital to proper body function.
What can you do about supplements for memory if you are concerned about isolated nutrients in a bottle that may be indigestible or improperly tested? Check out this page for more information about isolated nutrients and how you can fill your body with healthier choices – it’s not too hard to do!
Improving your diet and your intake of the particular vitamins for memory mentioned above will markedly improve your memory, your physical health, and your sense of well being.
Enjoy God’s bounty!