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Memory Boosting Foods for Senior Adults

Everyone worries about memory loss and loss of cognitive functioning as they age. There are, however, several ways to help keep memory loss at bay. As a leading provider of Alzheimer’s and dementia care in Redondo Beach, we wanted to share one of the easiest ways to preserve memory for older adults: adhering to a healthy diet. Check out some of the best foods for boosting senior memory.

Protein

Protein turns into amino acids, which turn into the neurotransmitters that our brains need in order to improve focus and concentration. Fish is one of the best healthy and lean sources of protein, also containing omega-3 fatty acids known to increase brain volume and strengthen brain cell membranes. Some of our favorite options for fish include:

  • Tuna
  • Salmon
  • Herring
  • Sardines

Tree nuts such as almonds and walnuts, tree nut oils and seed oils are also excellent plant-based sources of these healthy fatty acids.

Vegetables

Most people know that vegetables are an important part of any diet, but many people don’t know how certain types of vegetables can improve memory. Leafy green vegetables like kale, spinach and turnip greens are high in antioxidants, types of molecules that help to protect brain cells and prevent cellular aging. As a result, the mind stays sharper longer because it’s receiving more of the nutrients that it needs. Other great sources of antioxidants are:

  • Broccoli
  • Asparagus
  • Tomatoes
  • Bell Peppers
  • Zucchini
  • Sprouts

Fruit

If you like the sweeter things in life, our in-home caregivers recommend adding certain fruits to the daily diet to increase mental acuity. Opt for foods high in flavonoids, a powerful antioxidant that can suppress inflammation in the brain to promote memory, learning and cognitive function. The best flavonoid-packed fruits include:

  • Cherries
  • Blackberries
  • Blueberries
  • Plums
  • Figs

Citrus fruits, kiwis, pineapples and strawberries are other great options because they are loaded with antioxidant rich Vitamin C, which researchers say can help to stave off dementia and Alzheimer’s disease because of its ability to destroy plaque build-up on the rain and to reduce deterioration of brain cells.

Protect brain health and learn more about the benefits of a healthy diet for seniors by reaching out to Home Care Assistance of Redondo Beach today. We are proud to provide home care Redondo Beach families trust, and offer flexible hourly and live-in care to the local community and the South Bay communities. Call us today at 310-504-0506 and request a complimentary, no-obligation consultation for more information.