Severe memory loss can result from head trauma, Alzheimer's disease, stroke, alcoholism, and drug use. There has been speculation that mad cow disease, misdiagnosed as Alzheimer's, may be responsible for severe memory loss in some cases. Poor memory may also be a result of nutritional deficiencies, depression, sleep deprivation, or medications.
Age-related memory loss usually develops when brain cells are lost or when they no longer communicate effectively. Inflammation and oxidation are the leading culprits, so foods that contain antioxidants or that combat inflammation not only prevent further memory loss, but may even reverse existing memory loss in some cases.
|Amaranth||Whole grains are a great source of folate, B vitamins, and zinc, all of which improve brain function, including memory.|
|Blueberries||Help protect against dementia and Alzheimer's disease.|
|Coconut Oil||Improves memory and helps prevent senility.|
|Cranberries||Protect against and help reverse age-related memory loss, including working memory and reference memory.|
|Quinoa||Whole grains are a great source of folate, B vitamins, and zinc, all of which improve brain function, including memory.|
|Boron||May improve memory.|
|Omega-3 Fatty Acids||Reduces future risk of memory loss and dementia.|
|Protein/Amino Acids||Deficiencies in amino acids can lead to poor memory.|
|Vitamin B1/Thiamin||Helps slow memory loss in Alzheimer's patients. A deficiency can lead to memory loss.|
|Vitamin B12||A deficiency can lead to memory loss.|