Researchers found that cholecystokinin (CCK) a satiety hormone that is critical in memory formation could, at higher levels, bring down a person’s chances of developing Alzheimer’s disease according to study results published in the journal Neurobiology of Aging.

The food that you choose to eat impacts your memory. The research team found that cholecystokinin (CCK) – a satiety hormone that is critical in memory formation – could, at higher levels, bring down a person’s chances of developing Alzheimer’s disease by two-thirds!

Cholecystokinin (CCK) is a hormone of the gastrointestinal system that helps stimulate the digestion of fat and protein. Cholecystokinin can be found in both the small intestines and the brain. CCK enables smooth absorption of fats and proteins in small intestines. In the brain, cholecystokinin (the satiety hormone), is located in the hippocampus. The hippocampus is the memory-forming region of the brain.

Hippocampus

The research team looked at cholecystokinin in about 300 people. For the study, the team used data from the Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (ADNI).

The researchers believe that the regulation of when and how much we eat can have some association with how good our memory is – what we eat and what our body does with it affects our brain. Ongoing research in this area will hopefully help to shed further light on how satiety hormones in the blood and brain affect brain function.

What you eat has been very closely linked with not just your memory but overall brain function too. For instance, foods rich in omega 3 fatty acids are said to support brain power naturally. Low levels of omega 3 fatty acids may accelerate brain aging. Similarly, vitamins and minerals like thiamine, folate, magnesium and zinc are beneficial. Here are some nutrient-dense foods that are known to boost and support brain power naturally:

  1. Almonds
  2. Salmon
  3. Eggs
  4. Coconut oil
  5. Walnuts

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