It happens to all of us from time to time. You forget a friend’s birthday, flake out on an important appointment, or blank on where you parked your car.

Sure, brain burps might be common, but that doesn’t make them any less troubling when they happen. It’s hard to not wonder if those little memory slips aren’t the first sign of something far more serious down the road.

Just a couple of weeks ago I sang the praises of vitamin E as a weapon against Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers showed that the simple vitamin worked better than a popular Alzheimer’s’ drug at preserving people’s ability to perform everyday life tasks longer. If you missed that issue, click here to catch up.

Well, when it comes to supporting our brains, it turns out that vitamin E doesn’t quit there. According to a new study, published in the journal Experimental Gerontology, if you’re a senior you now have another reason to get more of the vital vitamin into your diet.

For eight years Finnish scientists followed 140 volunteers who were over 65, and who had no memory impairment at the start of the study. It turns out that the seniors who had high serum vitamin E levels were less likely to suffer from memory disorders than their peers with lower levels.

You can get more vitamin E in your diet by eating almonds, sunflower seeds, and leafy greens like spinach, chard, and turnip greens. But to really boost your levels consider taking a supplement. Other memory supporting nutrients you might want to add to the mix are Ginkgo Biloba, vitamin B-12, Vinpocentine, DMAE, and inositol.