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Eat for Better Memory: 7 Ways to Get Sharp

Keep you memory sharp with these healthy foods.

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Boost brainpower with blueberries. Studies have shown blueberries help prevent and reverse age-related memory loss.

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Sip some coffee for triple benefit. Coffee has been shown to improve memory, reasoning and reaction time in older folks. Good news for lifetime coffee drinkers: Long term consumption’s been linked to a lower risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.

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Memory going? Go fish. Even canned tuna may sharpen your mental capacities. Omega-3 fatty acids, found in fish, are important for maintaining memory.

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Make time for a good breakfast. A Toronto study found breakfast helped men and women, ages 61 to 79, score better on memory tests. And when kids eat a morning meal, their exam scores improve.

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Toast to a sharper mind with Merlot. Or any beer or wine for that matter. A study of 746 adults found that those who drank one to six alcoholic beverages a week were 54 percent less likely than abstainers to develop dementia over six years. That’s no license to go crazy though… the same study determined 14 or more drinks weekly increased the risk of dementia by 22 percent.

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Brew a cup of sage tea. Sage oil has been shown by some studies to boost acetylcholine levels in the brain, improving memory function. As a tea, it also aids digestion.

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Have curry with dinner tonight. An Italian study found that curry may ward off memory loss and Alzheimer’s. The seasoning is thought to enhance an enzyme that protects the brain against oxidative damage.

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