Foods to enhance your memory

Do you find yourself forgetting little things like picking up your cousin’s birthday cake, wishing your aunt on her anniversary or even worse, paying the electricity bill? What if we said you could boost your memory with these foods? Here are six foods that will help you remember things better.


Berries are rich in antioxidants, i.e. flavanoids. “These help the brain to recall things better,” says Mumbai-based nutritionist Naini Setalvad. Antioxidants improve the supply of oxygen to the brain, helping it remember better.

Healthy fats

Olive oil is a good source of monounsaturated fat. “This improves the supply of blood to the brain, improving the brain’s power to retain,” says Mumbai-based nutritionist Maithili Pashtekar. Omega 3 fats are brain food too as they enhance its learning ability and improve its problem-solving skills. Nuts like walnuts, almonds and pistachios are a good source of healthy fats too.


“Chocolates contain serotonin, that helps reduce stress,” says Maithili. Stress is a factor that affects your ability to remember. A stress-free you will be able to remember things better. It is a good source of theobromine a natural stimulant that helps brain cells to perform better. “A piece or two of dark chocolate a day is good for your heart too,” says Naini.

Grains and millets

Vitamin B is extremely essential for the brains cognitive functioning. “Grains like wheat and rice and millets like jowar and bajra are a good source of vitamin B,” says Naini. Another nutrient that contributes towards the brain’s cognitive functioning is Vitamin C. “So include a good amount of citrus fruits, amlas and guavas to your diet,” says Maithili.


Cauliflower is rich in choline. “Choline rich foods help your brain in its-on-the-tip-of-my-tongue-but-cant-remember kind of situations,” says Naini. Other rich sources of choline are cabbage, tofu and lentils or your dals.


“This powerful spice can help prevent Alzheimer,” says Maithili. It removes the build up of amyloyd plaque and delays progression of the disease. They contain antioxidants that protect our cells from age-related damage.

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