Spices Of Life From Your Kitchen Shelf

Thursday, February 7, 2013

This Kitchen Herb Improves Memory

Mortar and Pestle with Herbs and Spices
Apparently the key to boosting your memory is right in your kitchen. Even better, you don’t need to take a supplement or massive doses of it to get the full benefit. In fact, that’s exactly what you don’t want to do…
Researchers out of Maryland published a study in theJournal of Medicinal Food that followed 28 adults.1 Their average age was 75. Scientists gave them four different doses of this herb and a placebo.
Researchers found that the lowest dose (750 mg) of the herb had a significant impact on cognitive performance in just a few hours compared to the placebo. The highest dosage, 6,000 mg, had an impairing effect and inconsistent results. The low dosage is closest to what’s typically used for culinary purposes, only proving to be all the more valuable. Less is better!
But what’s even more interesting…
Other studies have shown that you don’t even have to consume the herb to reap the benefits.
Researchers from Northumbria University in the United Kingdom found that just smelling the herb improved memory.2
Researchers exposed 20 people to its aroma. The adults then took speed, accuracy and mood tests. Sure enough, just a whiff of the herb had a positive effect. Researchers discovered that a chemical found in the herb improved brain performance. And after doing blood tests, scientists found that the more of this chemical that entered the bloodstream, the better the subject did on the speed and accuracy tests.
What is this culinary turned medicinal herb?
You probably already use it. It’s that common.read on...