Spices that are good for your brain

Apr 16, 2015

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    Boost Brainpower with spices

    Other than mindful meditation, mind games and visualizations, spices can be quite helpful when it comes to harness your brain’s potential. What you eat influences your cognitive functioning, and spices on your kitchen shelf has the ability to enhance your memory and brainpower.

     

     

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    Turmeric

    Use turmeric in food preparatpions to make your brain sharp. It has a chemical called curcumin which lowers plaques in the brain that are linked to Alzheimer’s disease. Moreover, it halts the progression of Alzheimer’s disease owing to its potent antioxidant properties.

     

     

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    Thyme

    Thyme has volatile oils to increase the levels of omega-3 fatty acids, particularly docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), and make brain function better. Omega-3 fatty acids are known to protect against age-related cognitive decline besides improving memory. Thyme also contains flavonoids to increase its antioxidant capacity.

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    Black Pepper

    Black pepper contains a pungent compound called piperine which is known to increases beta-endorphins in the brain to boost cognitive function,  improve your mood and promote feelings of relaxation. Moreover, studies have linked black pepper to prevention/treatment of Parkinson’s disease because piperine inhibits an enzyme that degrades dopamine.

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    Cinnamon

    A study published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease suggests that cinnamon has compounds to prevent brain cells from swelling and protect against a number of age-related neurological disorders. What’s more, simply smelling the spice also improves cognitive function.

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