• Deanne Pandey

Don’t just restrict your herbs and spices to food, here’s what they can do!

Since ages herbs and spices have been adding rich flavour and aroma to our dishes, making them even more appetising. Herbs and spices such as thyme, cinnamon, garlic, turmeric, chamomile and ginger, are known to us in the form of the famous ‘Nani ka Nuskaas’, for simple ailments and immunity. We are familiar with these two functions of herbs and spices as they have been used for these functions since centuries. Although, there is another reason for you to keep your herbs and spices cabinet always stocked- Brain Health. According to some research, eating the right spices and herbs might be good for your brain health. Plant-based compounds called polyphenols are effective antioxidants, and oxidation is not a good thing in the brain when it creates free radicals that can interfere with the cellular functioning. The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits of certain herbs and spices can positively affect brain health.

Here are some Herbs and Spices that encourage brain health-

1. Turmeric

Turmeric is one of the most commonly used spice in Indian households. It contains the antioxidant curcumin which gives it anti-inflammatory properties and is thus, good for brain health. Another benefit of turmeric may be its ability to stop nerve cells in the brain from breaking down.

2. Thyme

Thyme is responsible for increasing the amount of DHA, an essential fatty acid in the brain. DHA is responsible for playing a central role in brain health. In fact, an optimal intake of DHA is especially essential for pregnant and nursing mothers to endure adequate brain development in their children.

3. Rosemary

Rosemary is one of the best herbs for brain health. It has been shown to improve memory in older adults. It's also been shown to inhibit brain cell death and protect against neurodegenerative diseases, among other benefits, due to its anti-inflammatory properties.

4. Cinnamon

Cinnamon has been shown to help regulate attention, and focus. Additionally, it helps to regulate blood sugar, which decreases the hunger hormone Ghrelin, while boosting Leptin, the satiety hormone responsible for fullness.

5. Basil

Basil, a herb all of us love on our pizzas, is responsible for improving blood flow to the heart and brain, and has additional anti inflammatory properties that offer protection from Alzheimer’s disease, and other forms of dementia.

6. Sage

Sage has been utilized traditionally for its brain benefits. There is strong scientific evidence that sage helps to improve and strengthen the hippocampus of our brains, which is responsible for memory.

7. Ginger

Ginger boasts innumerable benefits to health and has specifically been demonstrated to be useful in advancing memory and brain health. Ginger root extract may also be beneficial in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease, and for those who suffer from migraines, tensions, and headaches.

8. Black Pepper

One of the most commonly purchased and consumed spices in the world, black pepper not only helps increase absorption of some of the previously mentioned supplements, such as turmeric, it also has positive effects for your brain on its own. It helps improve cognitive function and diminishes symptoms of depression.

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