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You walk into a room and don’t remember what you came there for. You go to the grocery store and not only have you forgotten your list, you don’t remember what’s on the list. You see people who look familiar and act like your long-lost best friends but you can’t think of their names or how you know them. What do all these things have in common? Um, oh yeah, memory! The good news is that you’re not stuck with a bad memory if you don’t want to be because there are ways to improve your brain function no matter what age you are.

Supplement Power

Did you know there are supplements to improve memory available? Most of these supplements come directly from nature. While you’re not going to find one that’s FDA approved, you will definitely find those which have been proven to work both in legitimate clinical studies and through actual customers who’ve tried them. A good supplement will improve all three main functions of your memory: long-term memory, word recall and spatial memory. When you chose a supplement, be sure to perform your due diligence by requesting information about the clinical studies. One or even two studies could be faked. More than that, or independent studies, are far more reliable. Read the customer testimonials and reviews. How many are repeat business? Also, see how long the supplement has been available. The longer, the better.

Brain Food

Yes, there are foods that will help improve your memory. You probably already know at least one of them that tops the list because they’re the foods our doctors tell us all should be a regular part of our diets. Fatty fish, or fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids, are important because half of the fat in our brains is made up of omega-3s. Coffee has antioxidants and caffeine. Blueberries also have antioxidants and they have anti-inflammatory properties, too. Turmeric, a spice you can add to other foods and drinks, also contains both antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents. Most people’s favorite food on the brain-boost list is dark chocolate. It’s both an antioxidant and a mood lifter. Other great foods to help you include broccoli, eggs, green tea and oranges.

Play Time

Believe it or not, games are a great way to improve your memory. There are several free diversions on the market which employ tried and true methods to boost your brain. One traditional-type pastime to look for is a matching challenge with increasingly difficult levels, like Majong or a match-the-objects contest. Other than can help you include word-based recreation like crossword puzzles and word finds. Number puzzles help, too. Things like Sudoku or addition/subtraction tasks are prime examples.  Some paid games are a little harder and include more options like matching, puzzle-solving and deciphering clues. Paid amusement typically is more time-involved, too, since the entertainment companies need to make it worth your while to spend your money on what they offer.

With a little advance planning, you can definitely improve your memory and give yourself an overall brain boost.