Many folks say this pungent little herb reminds them of Christmas trees. And since rosemary is a small evergreen with a pine-like flavor that makes sense.
It’s also, probably, why it’s most popular at this time of year.
Rosemary adds the perfect pop of light pine flavor to holiday dishes from roasts to lamb chops to focaccia breads. But when you hear what this Christmas herb does for your BRAIN, you’re going to want to start eating more of it all year around.
Because it turns out rosemary could help you effortlessly boost your memory.
Studies have found the aromatic herb can improve your speed and accuracy when performing challenging tasks. It can help with concentration and focus. And it can even enhance your ability to recall information.
Rosemary scent can help you tackle tasks
In some cases, just the SMELL of rosemary alone may improve cognition and memory.
In one study, researchers randomly divided volunteers into four groups. Everyone sat in a cubicle infused with the delicious scent of rosemary for 4, 6, 8, or 10 minutes. And then each participant had to work through some challenging math and visual tasks.
The folks who sat in the scented room for longer performed significantly better. They plowed through the tasks at lightning speed. And most importantly, their answers were accurate.
In a similar study, researchers found spraying a room with rosemary essential oils improved student’s memory. When they treated the room with rosemary the kid’s ability to remember images and numbers shot through the roof.
Get faster memory recall
But you don’t have to be a youngster for rosemary to give your brain a healthy jolt. In another study on older adults, a rosemary powder supercharged memory speed.
And now in a new study published just this year water enhanced with rosemary extracts helped some folks score off the charts in memory tests.
And the benefits kicked in FAST.
Memory improved 15% within 20 minutes
Researchers randomly assigned volunteers to drink a 250 milliliter shot of either plain spring water or spring water enhanced with rosemary extracts. Then after 20 minutes, everyone put his or her brain to work.
Each participant completed some mentally challenging tasks while the blood flow in their brain was measured.
Both working and long-term memory shot up 15 percent in the folks who drank the rosemary water. And the researchers think they know why. A jump in oxygen levels.
Here’s how it works…
Boosts blood flow to the brain
Deep inside the needle-like leaves of the rosemary plant are the potent compounds 1,8-cineole and rosmarinic acid. Both of these unique substances appear to boost blood flow to the brain, infusing it with more of the oxygen it needs to convert its favorite fuel source… glucose… into energy.
In other words, rosemary rockets up the energy in your brain supercharging your memory. Not bad for a humble herb that costs less than two dollars for a fistful of sprigs.
You can use fresh or dried rosemary in your meals. Scent your home with some essential oils. Or even take a supplement.
But no matter how you choose to take it, rosemary can help kick-start your memory in as little as 10 minutes flat.
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