Herbs such as rosemary and spearmint may help to fight off Alzheimer's by improving learning and memory, according to a study conducted by professionals at Saint Louis University. The enhanced extracts made from special antioxidants in these herbs can reduce deficits caused by mild cognitive impairment, a precursor to Alzheimer's disease.
Research professor of geriatrics at Saint Louis University School of Medicine Susan Farr said the results of the study likely mean that eating spearmint and rosemary can be good for you, according to Science Daily. Farr tested an antioxidant-based ingredient made from spearmint extract and gave mice with age-related cognitive decline two different doses of a similar antioxidant made from rosemary extract.
According to the source, a higher dose of rosemary showed the most powerful results in improving memory and learning tested behaviors. The lower dose of rosemary extract and the spearmint helped to improve memory.
Oxidative stress declined during the study and is typically considered a sign of age-related cognitive decline as it is located in the brain that controls both learning and memory, Science Daily reported.
"Our research suggests these extracts made from herbs might have beneficial effects on altering the course of age-associated cognitive decline," Farr told the source.
Seniors who receive Alzheimer's care may benefit from the news of this latest study.