It turns out that there are compounds in rosemary essential oil that may be responsible for changes in memory performance, according to the BBC.
One of them is called 1,8-cineole – as well as smelling wonderful (if you like that sort of thing) it may act in the same way as the drugs licensed to treat dementia, causing an increase in a neurotransmitter called acetylcholine.
These compounds do this by preventing the breakdown of the neurotransmitter by an enzyme. And this is highly plausible – inhalation is one of the best ways of getting drugs into the brain.
When you eat a drug it may be broken down in the liver which processes everything absorbed by the gut, but with inhalation small molecules can pass into the bloodstream and from there to the brain without being broken down by the liver.
Recent studies have proved that rosemary has a stunning effect in case of memory loss and the onset of mental slowing associated with the diseases.
The test subjects which took part in the study of Mark Moss and his scientific team, improved their scores on various recall and visualization tasks with the help of a whiff of rosemary!
There is another study showing that rosemary anticipated positive effects in the treatment of Alzheimer’s and dementia patients. The findings were impressive:
"All patients showed significant improvement in…. cognitive function on both [tests] after therapy. In particular, patients with Alzheimer’s showed significant improvement in total scores.”
This research gives us hope that rosemary can be a powerful natural remedy for dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. So to improve the performance of your brain, consume rosemary in all possible ways.
Watch the video below for additional information about the extraordinary health benefits of this herb!
Health Benefits of Rosemary