14 Brain-healthy herbs and spices to boost brain functions

spiceHerbs and spices are beneficial to our brain and overall health.  They spice up our lives.

Saffron

Helps with depression

Rosemary

Boost memory

Cinnamon

Helps attention and blood sugar and also an antioxidant and aphrodisiac

Ginger, Cayenne and black pepper

Boost metabolism and have an aphrodisiac effect

Garlic and oregano

Boost blood flow to the brain

Turmeric

Decrease brain plaques associated with Alzheimer’s disease

Sage

Sage have the ability to stimulate brain function to improve memory and concentration; however, it also works to eliminate cognitive disorders that may arise, including Alzheimer’s and dementia.

Thyme

Antioxidant Capacity. Circulation. Heart Health. Vision Booster. Immune System. Reduce Stress. Respiratory Issues

Celery, Parsley and Chamomile

Inflammation (and the toxic byproducts of the inflammation) of a certain group of brain cells called the microglia are associated with aging, reduced cognition and neuron degeneration. Adding luteolin, a flavonoid, to the diet has been found to effectively control the secretion of these biochemical triggers by the microglia. In turn, this improves brain function related to the area of the brain called the hippocampus, which is the center for memory and learning. One study attempts to estimate the beneficial effects of dietary luteolin on protection of the brain cells from deterioration and loss of function.

Neuron degeneration begins prior to physical aging; and so signs of brain aging could appear even in medically fit middle-aged people. The portion of the world’s population that is over 60 years of age is growing rapidly. So also is the number of people at risk of neurodegenerative ailments like Alzheimer’s. Therefore, developing remedies to slow down brain aging has become essential. Experiments have proved that the concentration of specific compounds in the hippocampus lead to inflammation, resulting in deficient cognition. Flavonoids, being anti-inflammatory and antioxidant in nature, are an excellent choice for controlling inflammation induced by secretions of the microglia. Flavonoids protect the brain cells and improve learning and memory-related tasks linked to the hippocampus.

 

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