Did you ever eat fish the night before an exam because it was ‘brain food’? In fact, it’s not such an old wives’ tale. Fish, especially oily fish, is bursting with omega-3 fats, which are essential for a healthy brain.
But it’s not just fish that can keep us bright and alert. A good balanced diet with plenty of vegetables, fruit, carbohydrate such as potatoes and rice, protein (particularly fish!), nuts and seeds, is vital for overall health as we move into our later years. Trans (or hydrogenated) fats, on the other hand, actually stop the good fats in fish from doing their work effectively – they are best avoided!
There are other changes you can make to your lifestyle that will actively help your memory. Regular aerobic exercise (walking is great!), keeping your blood pressure down, doing puzzles and reading, sleeping well and getting out and about to meet other people regularly, will all help keep the little grey cells working well for you.
What are your tips for keeping your memory sharp? We’d love to hear them.