There are brain-stimulating exercises we can do to keep our brains active and functioning at full capacity, which is important as we age, but what you eat can also play a part.
Studies have shown that there is a spice available which can ward off Alzheimer’s disease and keep your brain in good shape.
Rosemary to the Rescue
Brain and memory preservation isn’t just for the elderly, but younger generations also do well to nourish and protect their minds while they’re young. When the mental capacities dwindle over time, it’s often the result of malnutrition, lack of brain stimulation, and of course other abusive habits that directly affect the brain like smoking, drinking and doing drugs.
Just like the body needs to be exercised to stay strong and healthy, so does the mind; but in addition to that, a person could begin using the herb rosemary in their cooking. At times referred to as the “herb of remembrance,” rosemary effectively defends against Alzheimer’s disease and memory deterioration that tends to occur with old age.
Carnosic acid in rosemary protects the brain from free radicals that wreak havoc on the brain and cause memory problems, as well as other neurological impairments like Alzheimer’s disease and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.
Alzheimer’s patients have a marked deficiency in a neurotransmitter called acetylcholine, which is believed to be the cause of the profound memory loss that occurs with the condition. Rosemary is helpful here, because it works to stop the breakdown and damage to this neurotransmitter, so it is likely that the herb can prevent Alzheimer’s from occurring in the first place.
Rosemary has been compared by health experts to a popular drug used to treat Alzheimer’s called Cognex, which is beneficial to about a quarter of all those who are treated but has the side effect of causing damage to the liver. Rosemary is all natural, so using this herb is a safe alternative with the same strength.
Rosemary isn’t exactly a popular herb/spice in American cooking, but it is readily available and can be used in a variety of dishes. It adds very flavorful seasoning to your favorite dinner meats like fish and poultry and makes your grilled dishes absolutely mouthwatering. There are many recipes out there that use the spice, including biscuits, breads, kebabs, seafood, ribs, lamb, etc. A great recipe site where you can try out a few new recipes is allrecipes.com.
Though rosemary is all natural, there are still some potential risks associated with the herb. Rosemary is a potential danger to pregnant women, people who suffer with iron deficiency anemia, and those who are prone to epileptic seizures. Topical applications may cause also allergic skin reactions in some people.