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Memory Spring Monthly

Eat Dark Chocolate to Improve Your Memory

Dark Chocolate by Lee McCoy

February is the month of love. And very few gifts are more satisfying than chocolate. But did you know that dark chocolate is good for your brain? Most people have heard that it's good for your heart, however, research has has also revealed that it improves memory and brain function.

Dark chocolate is rich in antioxidants and contains several natural stimulants that increase the production of endorphins while enhancing focus and concentration. Endorphins bind with opiate receptors in the brain leading to feelings of euphoria, like the kind joggers get from “runner’s high.” They also reduce pain and diminish the negative effects of stress.

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Brain and Memory Boosting Benefits of Music

Music Piano - Marc Biarnes

For many of us, music is a vital component in our everyday lives.  It lifts us up when we’re down, energizes us when we need that extra pop, soothes us when we’re angry, and gets us in the mood when we need a little romance. It’s been said that music is the soundtrack of our lives. There are many different uses for music, but did you know that music provides benefits to our memory and brain health?  It does.  Here are some of the benefits of music to your memory and brain health: 

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Reduce Stress to Improve Your Memory - 10 Helpful Tips

Stressed Out by Helga Weber

Stress is an issue that we all deal with on a daily basis; however, most of us don't realize the impact that stress has on our memory. Stress is interpreted in many different ways but in human terms it is the body marshalling its resources to deal with a real or perceived threat. Stress plays a significant role in our ability to learn, store, and recall information when we need it. 

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Fall Fruits and Vegetables that Boost Brain Health

Winter Squash by Egrodziak

While most of us think of summer for harvesting and consuming healthy fruits and vegetables, fall has it’s own set of fruits and vegetables that help with memory and brain health. Here are a few to consider.
  
Apples – Even though we can get apples all year long, apples come into season in the fall. Apples contain Quercetin. Quercetin is an antioxidant that is found mainly in the skin. It has proven more effective than vitamin C at protecting brain cells from oxidative damage that triggers neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.  
 

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