Hundreds of herbs have been used to treat different diseases, from the common cold to cancer. Even when it comes to better memory or brain health, herbs are very helpful.
Whether it is mental fatigue, short-term memory loss, low concentration or poor recall capacity, there are many herbs that can treat and prevent these problems. Herbs can even slow down cognitive decline and reverse memory loss that often occurs as people age.
Generally, herbs are safer and better tolerated than conventional medications. However, it is important to know which herbs offer the greatest benefits for improving your memory. Here are 10 brain-boosting herbs for better memory.
1. Rosemary
Rosemary is a popular aromatic herb that has memory-boosting properties.
Apart from antioxidants like rosmarinic acid and carnosic acid in rosemary, its ability to increase the level of acetylcholine is what makes it an important herb for improving your memory. Acetylcholine is the main transmitter of neural signals.
A study published in Therapeutic Advances in Psychopharmacology in 2012 reports that the most active chemical in rosemary oil (1, 8-cineole) corresponds to increased cognitive functions. Researchers found that rosemary oil can improve accuracy of memory, speed of processing information and even one’s mood.
Moreover, rosemary is effective at increasing brain-wave activities and protecting against neurodegenerative conditions like Alzheimer’s disease.
To boost your brain power, put 2 or 3 drops of rosemary oil on your handkerchief and breathe in its aroma. Drinking rosemary tea made from fresh or dried leaves also helps.
2. Ashwagandha
Ashwagandha, also known as Withania somnifera or Indian ginseng, is a rejuvenating herb for your brain.
It aids in breaking down the beta-amyloid proteins that form plaque in the brain, which in turn affects cognitive function. It also promotes neurogenesis to boost brain power. It can improve memory, increase spatial and visual memory, decrease oxidative brain stress and help prevent nerve cell degeneration. A 2005 study published in the British Journal of Pharmacology reports that ashwagandha could regenerate neurites and reconstruct synapses in severely damaged neurons. Hence, it can be used for therapeutic treatment of neurodegenerative diseases.
A later 2010 study published in Phytotherapy Research reports that ashwagandha is effective in treating Alzheimer’s due to several compounds in it that help improve the production of acetylcholine, the main transmitter of neural signals. This in turn improves cognitive abilities, including thinking, concentration and memory.
You can take this herb in powdered, dried or fresh root form that can be chewed or brewed as tea.
3. Brahmi
Brahmi, also known as bacopa monnieri, is popular in Ayurvedic medicine due to its brain-boosting properties. The herb is often prescribed for numerous cognitive conditions, such as brain fog, poor memory and concentration, and even depression.
It works as a brain tonic and has antioxidant and neuroprotective effects.
A 2002 study published in Neuropsychopharmacology highlights the positive effect of brahmi on memory and recall abilities.
Later, a 2008 study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine found that brahmi helped improve word recall memory and even reduced depression and anxiety. The study was conducted on healthy individuals age 65 and older.
A 2012 study published in Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine found that brahmi can improve attention, cognitive processing and working memory partly via the suppression of AChE activity.
Consume 1 teaspoon of juice extracted from brahmi leaves 2 or 3 times a day. You can also take this herb as a supplement, but after consulting your doctor first….

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