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Spearmint and Rosemary Extracts Improve Memory, Study Finds

Update Date: Nov 18, 2013 08:02 AM EST

An enhanced extract made from the antioxidants extracted from spearmint and rosemary can help people in improving their learning and memory, a study finds.

The research performed on mice showed positive effects that can be beneficial in the age-related cognitive decline.

Lead author of the research Prof. Susan Farr, from Saint Louis University School of Medicine in Missouri presented her findings at Neuroscience 2013.

In her research Farr found that the higher dose rosemary compound was more successful compared to two lower doses of it. But still after a confirmed tests, researchers are not approving the intake yet.

“This probably means eating spearmint and rosemary is good for you. However, our experiments were in an animal model and I don’t know how much - or if any amount - of these herbs people would have to consume for learning and memory to improve. In other words, I’m not suggesting that people chew more gum at this point,” said Prof. Farr in a press release. 

Rosemary is also used in various cooking recipes to flavor poultry. Many use this as a cure to the indigestion too.

However it is not the very first time when the talents of rosemary have come into light.

Along with rosemary, spearmint has also antioxidants and is considered good for digestion. Previous research confirm its anti-fungal properties and a treatment to mild hirsutism in women.

“Our research suggests these extracts made from herbs might have beneficial effects on altering the course of age-associated cognitive decline,” Prof. Farr concluded.

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