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2) Intermittent Fasting Think of this as the opposite of a food coma. Fasting may help release specific brain chemicals that protect memory networks. Getty Images

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3) Crossword Puzzles These can help you concentrate and recall wordswhich makes you better at these puzzles, not at remembering other things. Getty Images

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4) Music Making Jamming means helpful focus. Singing may be even better. Spoken and sung words use different pathways; its like having backup cell-phone towers. Getty Images

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5) Sleep Your brains like a librarian at night, archiving the days books. Without that, Dr. Doraiswamy says, you cant make sense of the library the next day. Getty Images

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6) Sugar Glucose is your brains preferred fuel, so a dose of sugar may improve your memory immediately. But it gets fed just fine with healthier fare. Getty Images

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7) Fish Oil Omega-3 fatty acids in fish help build gray matter and improve white-matter integrity. Whether that helps your memory? Not clear. Getty Images

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8) Cocoa Memory improvement has been measured with 500 mg of cocoa extract in recent studies; its anti-inflammatory effect may be why. But it's only somewhat likely to be of real help. Getty Images

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9) CBD The trendy weed-derived ingredient could have calming effects, but it likely wont help (or hurt) your memory. Getty Images

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10) Gingko Biloba This extract might help prevent dementia in older folks, but theres no evidence that it improves a young persons memory. Getty Images

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11) Ginseng Some claim this herb can boost your memory and energy, but studies have not proved either, and it could cause health problems. Getty Images