Do you have trouble remembering or thinking clearly? It turns out that by increasing blood flow you can improve brain function and can help with avoiding not just memory problems such as Alzheimer’s, but also other issues as well.

This information comes from new research, which studied fifty-one men and women who were healthy and between the ages of 18-35 years old. The research found that those with a stronger hippocampus, which is part of the brain, did better on tests that measured memory.

How did these people retain a stronger hippocampus? It turns out the common factor was that these individuals scored the highest for the amount of exercise that they engaged in. The more exercise, the more blood flow to the brain.

Why is blood flow important for the health of your brain? Having a strong flow of blood to the brain helps your blood vessels stay healthy. Additionally, strong blood flow can help prevent:

  • Heart disease.
  • Erectile dysfunction.
  • Cardiovascular problems.
  • High cholesterol.
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Also, you will feel less lethargic and have more energy. The best way to increase blood flow is to exercise. Interestingly, playing sports that use a racquet can be particularly helpful. In fact, a research study published in 2016 found that 80,000 adults that played racquet sports experienced less risk of dying during the 10-year study period.  Other sports that are helpful include aerobic exercises, swimming, and brisk walking.

There are other things that you can do to improve blood flow. For example, stay hydrated and drink green tea. Take a multivitamin that includes magnesium, vitamin D, and omega-3.  Also, make sure to eat your veggies, especially the green leafy kind as well as dark, colorful fruit. Not drinking caffeine and avoiding smoking help too.

Want to learn more about how strong blood flow can help your mind and your body?  You can read the full post by Amen Clinics here:  Boost Your Blood Flow, Get Your Memory Back.