It’s said that we’re made up of our memories, and having a good memory is a key component to a full and happy life. Doing what we can to help protect and boost our capacity to remember is a great way to take care of ourselves as we get older. Juicing for memory is a tasty way to activate those little grey cells!
What’s In This Article?
Why Does Memory Decline with Age?
It’s well known that our bodies change as we age, and the brain is no exception. Age-related brain changes that affect memory are (1):
- Hippocampus Shrinks – this part of the brain is involved in long-term memory formation, retrieval, and spatial memory (2).
- Neural Communication Slows Down – the protective coating around nerve fibers wears down, resulting in slower communication speed between those nerves, affecting both the ability to encode new memories and retrieve old ones.
- Formation of Protein Plaques – Alzheimer’s Disease and other types of dementia are caused by abnormal protein clumps that damage brain tissue.
How Does Diet Affect Memory?
“You are what you eat” is a real thing when it comes to memory. Studies show that a diet high in saturated fats and refined carbohydrates negatively affects learning, memory, and cognition, with a cumulative effect with age (3).
Furthermore, the gut-brain connection is becoming a well-documented fact, with an unhealthy gut microbiome being directly linked to negative impacts on neurocognition, particularly involving the hippocampus (4).
What’s in This Juice for Memory?
I’ve created this simple, yet powerful juice recipe for memory with just three ingredients: black grapes, cucumbers, and lemon. Let’s see what makes these three so good for your brain.
Black grapes are a memory-loving powerhouse thanks to resveratrol (8), an antioxidant touted for its ability to help ward off age-related memory decline with its memory-boosting capabilities (9, 10, 11). Also beneficial are its anthocyanins, another class of flavonoids, which may improve memory in older adults (12).
The flavonoid compound called fisetin, which is found in cucumbers, may help decrease the risk of Alzheimer’s disease by protecting nerve cells and improving memory (13, 14, 15). Also key for memory and overall brain function is hydration.
The brain is 75% water by mass, and a seemingly small decrease in hydration has been shown to instigate short-term memory loss and reduced cognition (15). Cucumbers contain important electrolytes, like potassium, that combined with the 96% water found in cucumber make for an excellent hydrating drink.
Lemon is an excellent source of vitamin C, whose deficiency is tied to cognitive decline in older adults (16).
Best Juicer for Soft Fruits
I made the Making Memories Tonic on the Nama J2! This juicer is my go-to, being the best juicer for soft fruits I’ve ever used.
The HUGE hopper is what sets the J2 apart from the rest. Just pop open the top, drop your ingredients in, shut the lid, and walk away! This is a true hands-free juicer. You’ll need to do only minimal produce prep, making for a super fast juicing experience. The rule is if it fits, you can juice it! (Remove any hard pits or seeds, of course.)
You also get good yield and nutrient extraction, and it’s very easy to clean. It’s made of BPA-free materials and has an incredible 15-year warranty. You can purchase a sorbet attachment that will allow you to make smoothies, nice cream, sorbets, and nut milk. This model is a major favorite, with over 10,000 5-star reviews, and I love it!
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More Juicing for Brain Health
Keep those little grey cells happy and healthy with these juice recipes for brain health.
- Clear up brain fog with this tasty recipe.
- Watermelon juice is another great way to stay hydrated for good cognitive function.
- Help both your brain and skin with this resveratrol-packed juice!