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8 foods that fight memory loss

You might be eating them already.

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As we age, our brains can lose steam. Everyday mental tasks can end up taking longer, and some of us will even develop cognitive diseases, like Alzheimer’s or dementia.

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But there are ways to help keep your brain sharper for longer. What you eat can have a big effect on not only the health of your body but your mind, too.

These 8 foods can help boost memory and cognition...And taste great

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Research suggests this distinct-tasting allium helps keep the gut microbiome healthy — in turn, this can boost the brain’s health, too.

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Garlic contains allyl sulfide, a compound that safeguards the health of the microorganisms living in our guts — the microbiome. The relationship between our microbiome and our brain is complicated, but what’s good for one is often good for the other.

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Fish, particularly oily fish like mackerel, is rich in omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin D. These nutrients help our memory and cognitive abilities sharp as a pin.

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Fish is a staple food of the Mediterranean diet, which has also been linked to greater cognitive function.

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Berries like blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries are rich in antioxidants, another natural brain-boosting chemical.

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Red and purple sweet potatoes are renowned for their antioxidants. Studies show they might also help reduce brain inflammation linked to obesity.

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These root vegetables are home to a plethora of antioxidants, as well as betalain pigments.

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Besides giving beets their distinct color, betalain pigments may reduce oxidative stress in the body and have anti-inflammatory properties for the brain, too.

3. Green Veggies

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No surprises here! Green vegetables and herbs have plenty of vitamins and antioxidants that keep cognitive decline at bay.

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Caffeine lovers, rejoice: a daily cup of coffee (or tea) may help us focus better on cognitive tasks. Some research also suggests caffeine can help solidify new memories.

1. Dark Chocolate

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Brain-boosting antioxidants called flavonoids are found in cacao — one of the main ingredients in dark chocolate.

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Give your brain a helping hand and keep this tasty, healthy treat around the house.

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