An expert has suggested some activities that may enhance memory and promote overall brain health. John H. Byrne of the University of Texas studied the neuronal and molecular mechanisms underlying learning and memory and offers the following three tips for maintaining and improving brain health.
“Everyone knows that exercise is good for the heart, but what they may not know is that exercise also appears to be good for the brain,” said Byrne, the June and Virgil Waggoner Chair.
“There is a lot of recent evidence demonstrating that exercise itself promotes neurogenesis - the generation of new nerve cells in the brain,” he said.
“There are certain ‘brain foods’ that seem to have a benefit on the brain,” Byrne said.
“New research shows that Omega-3 fatty acids, such as those found in salmon and other fish, may build the brain’s gray matter. Foods and beverages that are rich in antioxidants may also help keep the brain sharp.” Byrne added.
“For brain food, consider a glass of red wine, some salmon, blueberries, a little bit of chocolate or a cup of green tea. Staying slim appears to promote brain health, so exercise, watch your calories and eat the right types of food,” he said.
“You’ve heard the saying, ‘Use it or lose it.’ It’s true,” Byrne said.
“Those who are intellectually active have a lower incidence of Alzheimer’s. You must exercise your brain cells just as you exercise your muscles, so read a book or do a crossword puzzle. Those types of activities can protect your brain,” he added.