You must have got recommendations like indulging in deep breathing, meditation, visualization, brainwave entrainment and other exercises to channelize the potential of your brain and promoting the clarity of mind. But, do you realize that diet is the first thing that happens to improve not only your physical well-being but your emotional and mental wellbeing as well.
What you eat, how you eat and how much you eat directly affects your Cognitive Functioning. The herbs and spices that we use daily not only add aroma to our food, but are helpful in advancing our brain-power and memory both.
Herbs and Spices to Boost Brain-Power and Memory
- Turmeric – Want to keep your brain sharp? Add turmeric to your food. The curcumin chemical present in turmeric reduces the brain’s plaque, which is linked to the progression of Alzheimer’s disease.
- Thyme – Thyme has volatile oils that help in increasing omega-3 fatty acids, which are good in keeping away the age related cognitive diseases like dementia.
- Oregano – With high concentrations of antioxidants, the herb is known to offer degradation and reuptake of monoamine neurotransmitters. Thus, helping in fighting against mood swings, anxiety, etc.
- Rosemary –The herb has both anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Carnosic acid present in the herb protects the brain against neurodegenerative and stroke conditions.
- Sage – Excellent for boosting memory and brain functioning, the herb contains carnosic acid that stops damage to the brain via free radicals and also increases the production of anti-aging antioxidant glutathione used to treat neurological disorders like – Autism, Alzheimer’s disease, etc.
- Black Pepper – An excellent herb to treat mood disorders, black pepper and family contains piperine that can prevent Parkinson’s disease.
Then there are some other herbs like cinnamon, nutmeg, clove and holy basil that are helpful in stimulating the brain power. All these herbs can be used directly in your eatables or their oils can be used as aromatherapy.
Written By: Dr. Harman
Edited By: C. Soni