Archive for November 30th, 2006

How To Boost Your Memory!

November 30, 2006

609286469.jpgI am often asked by my patients… is this pill gonna help me boost my memory?  I seem to be getting forgetful these days. Just like questions of aging… we all want the magic pill to help us preserve our youth not only in looks but in thinking as well.

Here’s a tip: Vegetables , vegetables…vegetables…. that is… if you eat three servings a day, based on a new study published in October issue of Neurology.   Interestingly, the same effect is not found in those who eat lots of fruit.

People who consumed two or more vegetables a day had a 35 to 40 percent decrease in the decline in thinking ability over six years. That’s the equivalent of being five years younger in age.” This means…people that eat vegetables will have less problems about forgetting things necessary for daily tasks like remembering phone numbers or names of friends.

Examples of the green vegetables frequently taken in by subjects in the study included: lettuce and tossed salad, spinach, kale and collards.

It is said that the antioxidant content of vegetables may be responsible for this protective effect against damage to neurons in the brain that contribute to dementia.   Likewise previous studies have shown that consumption of healthy fats, such as the polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats found in foods such as olive oil, were similarly protective.

So the next time you eat bread…dip it in olive oil.  If you’re going to have a salad… Dr Morris the lead author recommends: putting the good fats on them, such as an oil-based salad dressing on salads, healthy-fat mayonnaise on cole slaw, and healthy-fat margarine on vegetables.   It is said that these healthy fats help absorb the vitamin E, an antioxidant that may be beneficial to the brain.

Simple tip for the whole family to follow…

Eat Your Veggies Now Before You Forget!