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5 Memory Boosters That Actually Work

Certain foods, drinks, and activities claim to improve your memory. Here are a few that have some scientific support.

Some people are born with good memory and some people are not. Those of us who belong to the latter group are faced with a lot of hurdles, most of which are embarrassing because we can’t remember a thing if we don’t add it to some sort of calendar.

While there are some who are inherently more organized than others, there are a few things that can help you improve your memory, at least according to some studies. Here are five memory boosters that will help you remember things more accurately.

Crossword puzzles

While completing these kinds of puzzles won’t miraculously make you remember things,  they’re good for your brain. When engaged with regularly, studies have found that puzzles help recall words easier, increase concentration, reduce risk of dementia and improve the functioning of the brain of older adults.

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Making music

According to P. Murali Doraiswamy, director of Duke University’s Neurocognitive Disorders Program, jamming sessions help people develop their focus. If you play an instrument and sing at the same time, you’ll be using your brain’s different pathways, which is very good for your brain health. So, even if you sound awful, joining a band can be really productive for other aspects of your life.


Sleep is super important for memory. If you don’t sleep enough, you’ll have trouble focusing, remembering things and learning. Sleep also plays an important role for building memories and learning new things, helping your brain absorb better. If this paragraph made you rethink the decisions you made in college, you’re not alone.

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Several studies have found links between CBD use and a reduced risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s. While we don’t have enough research to make a clear connection at least you know that consuming CBD won’t mess with your memory, unlike some people’s experience with THC.


Different studies suggest that consuming caffeine can improve long term memory, especially when consumed after a “learning session.” One particular study said that 200mg of caffeine improved the memory of test subjects, improving their performance on certain memory exercises.

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