Alessia Anderson Year 9
Whether its cramming in notes for your exams or just trying not to lose your ID card, we all want to improve our memory. So, using great scientific methods, here are the top 3 things you can do right now to improve your overall memory.
MRI studies show that regular aerobic exercise improves performance on memory tasks. This is due to an increase in blood flow to the hippocampus (segment of the brain), which is responsible for learning and memory. It is vital to keep the hippocampus in prime condition, as once entering late adulthood, it shrinks up to 2% each year. Therefore, exercise will assist in age related memory decline.
2. Eat some blueberries
Increased levels of glucose and insulin has shown to promote the ability to retain new knowledge. Additionally, these substances are also key to consolidate short-term knowledge into long-term memories as the hippocampus in enriched with insulin receptors. Studies show that participants that had blueberry supplement had an increased ability to recall previous events. This is because they contain flavonoids, which have been shown to protect neurons, enhance their function and stimulate their regeneration.
Research shows that 80+ year olds that deemed to have high quality relationships, were shown to have the same cognitive ability of those aged 50. Scientists say that friends crate social pressures and present us with complex cognitive memory challenges that can stimulate your brain.