Anyone approaching their aging years can tell you that one of their biggest fears is memory loss. Indeed, it is a tragic diagnosis as those who suffer most from memory loss fear losing what they cherish most…their life’s memories and knowing their friends and family. When we think of memory loss we often think of Alzheimer’s disease. However, not all people with memory problems have Alzheimer’s (most actually do not). In fact, about 40% of people over the age of 65 have some associated memory impairment (or 16 million people) that can be associated to such things as medical conditions, emotional problems, other types of dementia or simply just growing old.
Can memory loss be cured? That depends on the cause. For many people, natural nutritional supplements can be useful against memory loss due to a natural deficiency. One such natural substance is rosemary, which has been used for medicinal purposes for thousands of years. Ancient Grecians would put Rosemary in their hair while studying. Shakespeare mentions rosemary in Hamlet when Ophelia declares, “there’s rosemary, that’s for remembrance, pray, love, remember”.
In modern years researchers have pointed to rosemary’s containing carnosic acid, which fights free radical damage in the brain and protects cellular DNA. It is also said that compounds in rosemary prevent the breakdown of acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter responsible for exchanging communication within areas of the brain responsible for memory and reasoning.
A article that was published In the Huffington Post also highlighted that more than one study has demonstrated rosemary’s ability to increase a person’s performance in both speed and accuracy memory tests.
To best take advantage of rosemary’s medicinal effects on memory it is best to diffuse rosemary essential oil throughout your living space. You can also inhale directly from the bottle, drop a few drops in the shower as you take a shower or apply directly to temples and toes.
Another natural herb associated (and scientifically proven) to improve memory function in Turmeric. Curcumin, found almost exclusively in turmeric, has been used in India for memory issues for thousands of years. It is a strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent, which makes it great for bone and joint pain as well. It is also safe with no know drug interactions (if you are currently on medication).