We all go through it. With age and all of the daily hustle and bustle, it is easy to forget things in our short-term memory. THE LITTLE BOOK OF SELF-CARE shares herbal remedies (many of which you can find in your pantry) to lessen the effects related to cognitive impairment.
As you age, the number of neurons, or nerve cells, in your brain naturally decreases, and you may notice changes in your short-term memory and other cognitive functions. Everyone can expect to develop some degree of age related cognitive impairment, but you can help stave off the effects with herbal remedies such as:
- GARLIC: Aged extracts of garlic have been proven in numerous studies to reduce inflammation and cholesterol levels, which can contribute to the development of dementia.
- GINKGO: The best known of the cognition-boosting botanicals, ginkgo has proven antioxidant and anti inflammatory actions and has been shown to fight normal age-related cognitive decline. Ginkgo has been shown to improve memory and attention in healthy young people too.
- GRAPE: Research has shown that extracts of grape seeds and skin can reduce age-related dementia and cognitive loss.
- LEMON BALM: Extracts of this herb, long revered for its ability to calm anxiety, have been shown to reduce symptoms of mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease.
- ROOIBOS: Research shows that this South African “tea” can offset the damage to the central nervous system caused by aging.
- SAGE: Sage extracts have been shown to improve cognitive function in people with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s. Sage can also improve memory in younger people.
- TURMERIC: This aromatic South Asian spice contains a chemical called curcumin, which has been shown to inhibit the oxidation and other processes that are behind neurodegenerative diseases.