Ever wondered how possible it is to improve your memory? Well wonder no more as we bring you top memory improving tips from Woman’s Weekly. There are actually 30 tips (one for each day of the month), but we are highlighting our favorite here.
Make a Fist
Ball up your right hand when trying to remember a phone number or list. When you want to retrieve the information, clench your left hand. Researchers think these movements activate brain regions key to storing and recalling info.
Turn Off the TV
Couch potatoes who sit in front of the TV for seven hours a day have twice the memory problems of those who watch less frequently, according to research presented at the American Academy of Neurology.
Drink Coffee as You Memorize Info…
… then to improve memory imagine the smell of coffee when trying to remember it. ‘Linking the memory with a particular smell makes it easier to recall,’ says memory expert Dr Andrew Johnson, a lecturer in psychology at Bournemouth University.
Listen to Music
Studies show that classical music can improve memory scores in memory tests of children and help those with dementia. Although, according to research by Glasgow Caledonian University, guitar rock could boost memory just as much.
People who have plenty of social contact are less likely to develop serious memory problems. Researchers at the University of Michigan found that socialising stimulates the mind, imrpove memory and keep mental ability sharp.
University of Pittsburgh researchers found that just three 40-minute workouts a week could reverse natural brain shrinkage in those over 50 – and even encourage the brain to grow.
Eat Oily Fish
US research found that eating a weekly meal of omega-3-rich oily fish, such as salmon, reduces your risk of developing Alzheimer’s by 60%.
‘Often we forget something because we didn’t pay attention in the first place,’ says Ed Cooke,
founder of memory app Memrise.
Snack on Nuts
A handful of walnuts a day will boost brain speed and improve memory and concentration levels – thanks to their rich levels of alpha-linolenic acid, a plant-based omega-3 fatty acid.
It’s rich in the nutrient choline and, say researchers at Tufts University, people who eat plenty of choline tend to perform better on memory tests.
Have a Few Squares of Dark Chocolate
Several studies suggest chocolate can improve memory. It’s thought to be due to the compound flavanols in the dark stuff.
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Source: Woman’s Weekly