Sage (Salvia officinalis) is traditionally used in Europe to improve memory. It is commonly grown for its essential oil which contains active ingredients such as cineole and thujone.
Although it is recommended for a rather long list of ailments in traditional medicine, the indications for which scientific evidences have been provided for include the antibiotic, antifungal, antispasmodic, astringent, hypoglycemic and tonic properties of sage. However, sage stands out as an effective herb in the management of mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease.
Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) is a popular cooking spice but it is also a widely used medicinal agent.
Rosemary is used in traditional medicine to treat hair loss, muscle and joint pain as well as to enhance memory. A 2003 study published in the International Journal of Neuroscience concluded that rosemary can enhance overall quality of memory as well as secondary memory factors.
10. Green Tea
Green tea is prepared from the leaves of Camellia sinensis after allowing for only a slight oxidation during processing.
The polyphenol extract of green tea is a potent acetylcholinesterase inhibitor. Acetylcholinesterase is the enzyme responsible for breaking down the neurotransmitter, acetylcholine. By inhibiting this enzyme, green tea increases the activity of acetylcholine in the brain. Since acetylcholine and the entire cholinergic pathway are required in memory stabilization and consolidation, this effect is another way green tea improves memory.
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