HealthUnlock brain health with kitchen spices, experts reveal

Unlock brain health with kitchen spices, experts reveal

What properties does cinnamon have?
What properties does cinnamon have?
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9:39 PM EDT, April 18, 2024

What spices can protect our brains? Matt Webster, a healthy eating expert and founder of Seasoned Pioneers, has pinpointed four spices that significantly benefit our neurological health. Chances are, you already have them in your kitchen cabinet.

1. Ginger

Renowned for its spicy kick, ginger is loaded with phytochemicals that shield the brain from the damaging impacts of free radicals and oxidative stress. Research indicates that ginger not only boosts cognitive functions and memory in healthy individuals but also offers protection against neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s. It achieves this by decelerating the aging processes at the cellular level.

2. Turmeric

The vibrant golden hue of turmeric can be credited to curcumin, its main active ingredient known for its neuroprotective properties. These attributes aid in maintaining sharp mental function and supporting overall cognitive health. Beyond its brain benefits, turmeric also serves as an anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antiproliferative, anticancer, and anti-aging agent, establishing itself as a potent ally in combating neurodegenerative diseases.

Research further reveals that curcumin boosts levels of the growth hormone BDNF, which sees a reduction in Alzheimer's patients.

3. Cinnamon

Cinnamon is a powerful spice that aids neuron connections, supporting learning and the creation of new memories. It’s also abundant in antioxidants, which prevent the accumulation of proteins in the brain linked to Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases.

Additionally, cinnamon enhances the brain’s insulin sensitivity, which is pivotal for sustaining healthy cognitive functions. Sprinkling some on your morning coffee could do wonders for your brain.

4. Black Pepper

Evidence from animal studies suggests that black pepper extract can alleviate symptoms of degenerative brain diseases. It hosts piperine, a compound that bolsters memory and hinders the formation of amyloid plaques in the brain.
Thanks to its antioxidant properties, black pepper also safeguards brain cells from damage and enhances cognitive functions. Incorporating it regularly into meals may improve neurological health and reduce the risk of neurodegenerative diseases.
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