Kitchen Ingredients for Improving Memory
Image Source: Science DailyForget where you kept the car keys? Missed an item from a grocery store? Failed to make it to the appointment you scheduled with your doctor last week? Weak memory can be really frustrating in everyday life!Many people grumble about how they can’t seem to remember anything. Various factors are at play if you experience memory loss such as sleep deprivation, stress, depression, nutritional deficiencies (particularly B vitamins), underactive or overactive thyroid, alcohol, smoking and use of certain medications.Dementia, Alzheimer’s disease and other conditions can also cause memory problems. It is best to consult an expert for proper diagnosis and treatment if grappling with any of these.For general memory problems, though, you can try some natural home remedies and incorporate some changes to your lifestyle. Here some home remedies to improve memory.
To improve memory and brainpower, almonds are an excellent Ayurvedic remedy. They are rich in antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids, and help boost memory. Because they are rich in antioxidant content, almonds are good for your eyes, too. Soak 5 to 10 almonds in water overnight and peel off the skin and grind them. Now, boil this paste with one glass of milk. You can add some sugar or honey for taste. Drink it daily for 30 or 40 days.
Rosemary is another popular herb; even sniffing its aroma can help. In a 2013 study conducted at the University of Northumbria in England, researchers found that the aroma of rosemary can help improve prospective memory, which is ability to remember to do something in the future (for example, return someone’s phone call, etc.)To use it, steep one teaspoon of dried rosemary in a cup of boiling water for about five minutes. If you have fresh rosemary, steep a sprig in a teapot containing hot water for three to five minutes. Strain and add honey for taste, if desired. Drink it daily for a few weeks.You can also breathe in the aroma of rosemary oil or add a few drops of the oil to a room diffuser.But keep in mind that since effects of rosemary have not been studied on children, it not recommended for medicinal use for those below 18 years of age.
- Indian Gooseberry
Indian gooseberry, or amla, is used in Ayurveda to strengthen the nervous system and enhance memory power.A 2007 study says amla churna can improve memory and help in the management of Alzheimer’s disease. Due to its high vitamin C and antioxidant content, amla also works as a good immune booster. You can consume it by taking one to three teaspoons of Anwala churna three times a day for at least a few weeks.
- Coconut Oil
Coconut oil can help fuel the brain cells and thus improve memory and cognitive function. It is also believed to help prevent dementia and fight against Alzheimer’s disease. In addition, it will boost your energy, reduce cholesterol and improve the health of your skin and hair. Eat one teaspoon of organic, cold-pressed, virgin coconut oil twice daily on a regular basis. You can also add coconut oil to your baking goods, salads and smoothies.
- Cinnamon and Honey
Some research say simply smelling cinnamon can help enhance memory and cognitive function. Plus, it is believed that eating honey at night before going to sleep helps prevent nocturnal metabolic stress. It also promotes sleep, which plays a critical role in the consolidation of memory.To get best results, mix a pinch of cinnamon in one teaspoon of raw honey and consume this mixture daily at night for at least a few months.
- Asian Ginseng
Ayurvedic and Chinese medicines use a lot of Asian Ginseng as a memory enhancer. Scientists, too, are studying the memory-boosting potential of this herb. You can also use it in combination with ginkgo biloba. Do keep in mind that you should not take it for a prolonged period of time. Instead, take it in cycles: take this herb for two or three weeks and stop for three weeks and then start again. For proper dosage and suitability, consult your doctor.