11/14/2012 04:56 pm ET

Memory Loss: Improve Your Memory Immediately With A Better Diet

Cognitive abilities start to decline once we enter our 40s. But changing the way you eat -- starting right now -- can improve your memory immediately, according to CBS News.

While some moments of forgetfulness are completely normal, recent research touts a healthy diet full of nutrients linked to brain health as a way to curb age-related memory loss.

"When it comes to brain health, there's certain nutrients that are found in some foods that research [shows] can be pretty positive in keeping our brains positive as we age," said Judy Matusky, a registered dietician at Bryn Mawr Hospital.

Yogurt -- rich in vitamin B12 -- is one of the best foods to eat to combat age-related memory loss. Study participants who were low in B12 performed poorly in long-term memory tests.

It also wouldn't hurt to load up on salmon and nuts, according to the report.

"People with low levels of omega 3 [fatty acids] had brains that appeared two years older on MRI scans," said CBS reporter Stephanie Stahl.

To find out what other foods can help with your memory, watch the video above.



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