We all want our brains to feel sharp and fit every day, but certain lifestyle factors like overwork, exhaustion, and overeating can bring on the fog. Studies show that keeping your brain in top shape throughout your life can help decrease the risk of neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinsons as you age. But…huge lifestyle changes are hard to sustain. How do we stay sharp in a way that feels easy to make a habit?
The answer is herbs! Proper nutrition makes a HUGE difference in the health of your brain, and herbs have the added bonus of making food taste great. The herbs on our list have been studied for their effects on Alzheimer’s disease or on cognitive strength in general. Each one is thought to improve human understanding, thinking, remembering, and learning.
Start integrating the following five herbs into your meals and you may soon notice clearer thinking and better reaction times. Shortcut: each of these herbs can also be taken in capsule form. Just make sure you get them on your shopping list. Herb #1 is not just for holiday meals!
Sage is for more than fancy dinners. It is delicious with turkey and stuffing but also in soups, omelets, veggies, teas, and potato dishes like gnocchi. Sage has also been used in holistic medicine for centuries. Science is catching up with a 2017 study revealing that the herb can improve memory even in people who have already been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.
Sage is full of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds, which can help you feel better all over. Other noted benefits of a daily dose of sage include better oral health, lower blood sugar and cholesterol; it even offers some protection against cancer.