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Close your eyes to remember things more accurately

Written by Poorva Chavan |Published : January 19, 2015 10:12 AM IST

Do you have the habit of forgetting little things? Here s a new trick for you to remember things better. According to research findings published in the journal Legal and Criminological Psychology, closing eyes actually helps recall tiny details accurately. (Read: Lost memory can be restored: Study)

The study carried out at U.K. s University of Surrey reveals that subjects who participated had more accurate recollections of visual and audio memories when they closed their eyes during testing. Also having a better rapport with interviewers helped the individuals as they scored higher on tests, the BBC reported. Lead researcher Robert Nash told BBC that closing eyes help people visualize the details of the event they are trying to remember . He added that it could help focus on audio information, too. (Read: 5 reasons for memory loss)

Although being forgetful can be a handicap in day to day life there are a few things you can do to improve your memory like eating foods rich in antioxidants. You can also include these foods like:

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Red wine and dark chocolate

An anti-ageing substance found in red wine and dark chocolates may enhance memory too. In a study involving overweight adults, those who took resveratrol ( a compound found in red wine and dark chocolate) supplements for six months had better short term recall than their counterparts who took a placebo. The people who took the supplement also had more connections among brain areas involved in memory. Those who received resveratrol supplements remembered more words on a list that they had seen 30 minutes previously than those who received the placebo. The research was reported in the Journal of Neuroscience.


An omega-3 fatty acid called DHA in fish boosts our memory and brainpower, says a study. Supplementing your diet with DHA, such as increasing fish intake or taking supplements, could prevent declining DHA levels in the brain as we age.

Fruits and vegetables

Foods rich in antioxidants such as fruits and vegetables are a good way to boost your memory. A team of researchers has found a formula of nutrients high in antioxidants and other natural components that can help boost the speed at which the brains of older adults processed information, thus improve cognitive health and preventing memory disorders.

Green tea

Green tea is another item which is full of antioxidants and low on the number of calories as well. A cup contains 2kcal so one can afford to drink 2-3 cups in a day if they wish to. Green tea is also a good source of caffeine and will keep you alert and sharp.

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