Some foods seem to preserve our memory although it is still too preliminary to recommend any specific memory-enhancing foods. Anyway, we don't think we're ready to define a specific diet which will definitely keep our mind healthy.
So far, what we know is that protecting blood vessels might just protect the mind too. Many cardiovascular risk factors have been shown to be risky for dementia.
So the components of a heart-healthy diet are similar to the ingredients in the Mediterranean diet:
- Fruits and vegetables.
- Whole-grain breads.
- Nuts and beans.
- Moderate wine consumption.
- Limited red meat.
- Olive oil.
Supplements and memory
A number of dietary supplements claim to improve memory, concentration and focus, although some of ingredients of those supplement might also be found in the Mediterranean diet. The trouble with these products is that they have not been really tested; they are not evidence-based and they may not work at all.