Foods for memory and the brain: 6 neuron-friendly spices

We have been using for centuries spices, in the kitchen to enhance the taste of our dishes: they are good and do not add calories.

In addition, the spices that we list here are a real panacea for the brain, memory and in general for neurons and brain activities. 

  • Saffron to fight Alzheimer's

    A 2010 study reveals that 2 capsules of 15 mg of saffron per day they had positive effects on the brain. In fact, they induced a significant improvement in cognitive functions in people with Alzheimer's. In the kitchen, in addition to the classic risotto, it is excellent for giving a tasty twist to a vegetable gravy, in omelettes or to flavor sole or salmon.

  • Sage to increase concentration

    Sage reduces deposits of amyloidi (the protein wastes that form between nerve cells) and cellular oxidative damage. It also favors the neuronal growth increasing memory and concentration. In the kitchen you can use it fresh or dry, but it is also very effective in aromatherapy such as essential oil.

  • Ginger to strengthen short-term memory

    Very fashionable in Smoothie e herbal teas, this root improves the working memory (working memory, the short-term one). Ginger can also increase adrenaline, noradrenaline, dopamine and serotonin levels. in the cerebral cortex and hippocampus, carrying out an action of reinforcement on the memory.

  • Rosemary to defend cells

    This plant is not only effective in dishes: hers too aroma plays a beneficial effect on ours brain. Among the pluses of rosemary are the deterpeni, substances with an anti-inflammatory action that are able to protect cells from oxidative stress. In the kitchen, rosemary, in addition to being perfect on meats, is ideal in soups, on potatoes and roasted fish.

  • Black pepper and cinnamon to improve memory

    In addition to appeasing the inflammatory processes and to counteract the production of free radicals, black pepper and cinnamon increase the availability of acetylcholine, a fundamental neurotransmitter in the transmission of impulses of the central and peripheral nervous system and which has the ability to improve memory. If you're feeling down, dust them on top of a chocolate milkshake.

  • Turmeric to protect neurons

    La curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, has neurotrophic properties: that is, it has a protective action on neurons and synapses, enhancing concentration and memory. There cooking increases its bioavailability: you can consume up to 4 teaspoons a day in many recipes, such as golden milk (golden milk), renowned for its anti-inflammatory properties.

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