Nothing can make you feel your age (and then some) quite like the old mental hiccups or brain burps.
And let’s be honest, sometimes they’re not just frustrating. Those little memory lapses are downright SCARY.
That’s especially true when they start to happen more often. Or when the struggles are with the vital working memory that we rely on to get through each day.
Here’s an example of working memory letting you down. You’re in a store to get milk, but get a text message asking you to pick up some eggs, too. So you make a beeline for those eggs only to forget all about the milk.
But new research reveals a simple way to help get your WORKING memory WORKING right again. And it starts in a very unexpected place.
The memory booster hiding in your stuffing
The phrase “psychoactive herbs” probably conjures up a groovy 1960s party in a room full of blacklight posters with Jefferson Airplane playing in the background.
In reality, if you like to cook, you probably have some psychoactive herbs in your own kitchen right now. They include nutmeg, rosemary, lemon balm, and mint.
Psychoactive just means the spices have an impact on the brain in some way. And one of the most powerful of all is the herb sage.
Sage is used to flavor meats, sausage, stuffing, pasta dishes, and more. It’s also a terrific addition to melted butter sauces.
But forget what it can do for your dishes for now. Because new research focuses on how the herb can help the brain. Scientists tested a supplement that combined regular old sage extract with a Spanish sage essential oil against a placebo.
As the study went on, the folks given the real sage saw steady memory improvements. The biggest jump in brainpower was seen at the end of the four weeks.
At that point, some of the volunteers on the placebo had a slight natural decline on memory tests. But the folks taking the real deal sage saw significant improvements, especially in two key areas:
- working memory
Accuracy is exactly what it sounds like. And working memory is the ability to juggle new information along with the stuff you already had in mind. Just like in the eggs and milk example I gave earlier. And working memory is critical to daily function.
Sharpen your memory with sage
Here’s where things get really interesting. Some of the folks on the supplement unexpectedly had the “sage burps” so they could tell they got the real stuff.
But others who DIDN’T get the telltale burps could ALSO tell they got the real stuff. Only in their cases, it was because they felt so much sharper.
I know it might sound a bit farfetched at first. After all, it’s just a little sage, right? And sage is so common and easily grown that it’s practically a weed.
But other studies have confirmed this same brain-boosting effect. In one study, the sage went head to head against a placebo. A group of seniors took the real deal or the lookalike and then were given memory tests throughout the day.
As the day wore on, the folks given the placebo steadily lost their touch. It’s as if they were running out of mental steam.
But NOT the folks given sage. They not only didn’t show any sign of memory decline, but they got BETTER as the day went on.
Another study found Salvia officinalis supplements – yep, sage – delivered an 81 percent improvement on a memory test within one hour.
You’ll find more about that incredible study, along with the details on some other great all-natural memory boosters, in this free special report.