Can Rosemary Improve Cognitive Function?

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  • In a study of 28 older adults, those consuming a low dose of dried rosemary powder had improvements in speed of memory, which may be a predictor of cognitive function during aging
  • This suggests that using rosemary at normal “culinary” doses may be beneficial for your brain
  • Carnosic acid is one of the active ingredients in rosemary, and researchers believe it helps protect the brain by staving off free radical damage that may lead to stroke and neurodegenerative conditions
  • Significant beneficial effects were noted among people who drank rosemary water, including increased levels of deoxygenated blood in the brain, an indication that rosemary may facilitate oxygen extraction during times of cognitive demand
  • The aroma of rosemary essential oil can also give your brain a boost and may lead to a significant enhancement of performance in memory quality

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