The 3 best foods to eat for a strong mind and sharp memory

Picture your life in 20 years. What do you want it to look like?

Do you want to travel? Live somewhere exotic? Accomplish a lifelong dream like writing a novel?

Do you want to spend more time outside? More time with family? Devote yourself to the hobbies you love like gardening, singing or tennis?

Whether any of these goals appeal to you or not, I know one thing for sure…

You don’t see yourself being cared for by someone else because you’re too foggy and forgetful to make it through the day by yourself. No one wants that for themselves. But a lot of us aren’t quite sure how to prevent it from happening. We just cross our fingers and hope that in 20 years we’ll be one of the lucky ones.

Well, if you’d like to improve your odds of keeping your cognitive health intact 20 years from now, I have a simple suggestion for you…

Eat more of these three foods…

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A study from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health found that men who eat more of these three foods have a lower risk of developing memory loss:

  • Leafy greens
  • Dark orange and red vegetables
  • Orange juice

The study included 27,842 men who were an average age of 51 when it started. Over the course of the next twenty years, they filled out a survey about their diet every four years. Their thinking skills and memories were also tested four years before the study ended.

By the time the study was over, 55 percent of the participants still had good thinking and memory skills, 38 percent had moderate skills, and 7 percent had poor thinking and memory skills.

What was the difference between those who kept their cognitive capabilities intact and those who didn’t?

Diet, of course.

Men who ate the most vegetables were 34 percent less likely to develop poor thinking skills than men who ate the least vegetables. And the vegetables that made the most difference were leafy greens, dark orange, and red vegetables.

Men who drank orange juice daily were 47 percent less likely to develop poor thinking skills than men who drank less than one serving a month.

But there was one other exciting finding from the study…

Men who ate more fruits and veggies when the study started 20 years earlier were still less likely to develop thinking and memory problems even if they didn’t keep up with their healthy eating habits over the next two decades.

That’s a helpful tip for those approaching middle age. Eating healthy now could act as your brain’s insurance policy even if you slip up in the years to come.

Protecting your brain through diet

So, eat your fruits and veggies people. Especially your leafy greens, red and orange veggies. Here are some standbys you can turn to again and again to get your fill:

  • Kale
  • Collard greens
  • Spinach
  • Cabbage
  • Romaine
  • Swiss chard
  • Arugula
  • Bok choy
  • Turnip greens
  • Bell peppers
  • Butternut squash
  • Carrots
  • Pumpkin
  • Chili peppers
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Tomatoes

And add some orange juice to your diet for good measure. Research shows that the nutrients in orange juice are easier for your body to absorb than the nutrients in whole oranges. That may be why orange juice was tied to better brain health. But beware…

In 2017, Moms Across America (a national coalition of moms who strive to raise awareness about toxic exposure) published research showing that five major brands of orange juice—Tropicana, Minute Maid, Stater Bros, Signature Farms and Kirkland—contain alarmingly high levels of glyphosate (the chemical used in Roundup). So, if you’re going to drink orange juice for better brain health, buy organic.

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  1. Orange juice, leafy greens and berries may be tied to decreased memory loss in men — MedicalXpress
  2. Red and Orange Vegetables —


Jenny Smiechowski

By Jenny Smiechowski

Jenny Smiechowski is a Chicago-based freelance writer who specializes in health, nutrition and the environment. Her work has appeared in online and print publications like Chicagoland Gardening magazine, Organic Lifestyle Magazine, BetterLife Magazine,, and