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People of all ages and all walks of life want a better memory. Whether it’s a student trying to carry an A in biology, a salesman trying to stay on top of each customer as well as their preference, or a grandmother keeping track of 15 grandkid’s birthdays (good luck!) – all of us want our minds to function with machine-like capabilities.
As I harp on (and harp on, and harp on), we have to use our minds as often as possible, stretching them in ways they weren’t expecting. We have to read better books, challenge ourselves, learn new things, and never get “comfortable” with our knowledge. We should work puzzles, play board games, and learn different physical and mental activities.
I also do a fair amount of harping on the other necessities of brain fitness and health: Getting plenty of rest and relaxation, getting a good night’s sleep each night, and eating plenty of vegetables, fruit, and fish. If you ever wonder how much fruit and vegetables you should eat each day, go with this sure-fire calculation – about twice as much as you’re eating now!
Here’s something fascinating that I read recently, there’s a certain little 6 calorie vegetable that is especially good for your memory: Celery!
Celery is a top source of luteolin, a high-powered flavonoid. Apparently, these compounds may help cool off destructive inflammation in the brain’s memory center.
Over time, this brain inflammation interferes with our memory. But there’s more. The brain inflammation also intensifies and magnifies feelings of depression, accelerates dementia, and may even play a role in the development of Alzheimer’s disease. According to Real Age.com, new studies suggest that luteolin (found in celery) may mute the nerve signals that tell immune cells in the brain to release inflammatory chemicals called cytokines.
You can eat celery stalks as a snack, blend celery into smoothies, or sprinkle chopped celery onto salads for extra crunch. No celery lurking about in the back of your fridge? No problem.
Luteolin can also be found in green peppers, chili peppers, spinach, lettuce, chamomile tea, and thyme. However, the best source of luteolin is in celery.
How about a Super Memory Salad? Combine green peppers, cucumbers, chili peppers, spinach, and lettuce. Throw in a little thyme for good measure and, by all means, serve it with a tall glass of iced chamomile tea. Your heart will love it as much as your brain does!
Other ways to enjoy celery:
- Spread pimento cheese in the ditch of a stalk of celery
- Chop celery into pasta salads
- Chop celery into just about every kind of soup imaginable
- Add chopped celery to omelets
- Dip celery into hummus
- Dip celery into ranch dressing
- Cover celery with peanut butter and sprinkle with sunflower seeds