You can improve your memory through memory exercises, healthy eating, physical fitness, stress reduction and brain tonics.
Memory is a process which includes the power of acquisition, retention and recollection. Generally, it is the elderly who face problems related to loss of memory. But children too want a sharp memory to cope with the present education system. Though there are various memory boosting drinks and medicines available in the market, how safe and effective they really are is questionable. Instead of consuming such medicines, if memory-boosting ingredients are included in foods prepared in the kitchen, they will serve the same purpose in a much more effective and safe manner.
- You can make Bacopa monnieri (brahmi) tea by soaking brahmi in hot, boiling water. Steep for some time, filter and drink when cold on an empty stomach daily.
- You can also make a chutney of centella asiatica (Manduka parni) leaves. Taking two teaspoonfuls of this leaf juice everyday will be beneficial.
- Soak 4 or 5 Prunus amygdalus (badam) in water overnight. In the morning remove the skin, grind and then boil the badams in 200 ml of milk. Add a teaspoonful of ghee (clarified butter) and sugar to taste and drink. Consume every day for about a month.
- One teaspoon of Asparagus recemosus (satavari) root powder taken with milk everyday works as an effective memory enhancer.
- Grind 3 or 4 pieces of Piper nigrum (black pepper) and make a paste in a teaspoon of honey. Consume this daily to help improve memory.
- About quarter teaspoon of Cinnamomum Zeylanicum (cinnamon) powder can be mixed with honey and taken every day. Also, cinnamon powder can be consumed in tea or sprinkled over fruits
- Halwa made with pumpkin pulp, ghee, sugar and dry fruits is good for memory.
- A handful of pumpkin seeds consumed every day will give you a daily dose of zinc that will enhance your memory and thinking skills
- The juice of the leaves of Tinospora cordifolia (Guduchi), crushed and extracted, if given regularly will boost memory.
Dr. Shreelatha. S, Clinical Research Associate- IAIM