Preventing Age-Related Cognitive Decline
And herbs like rosemary and oregano don’t just inhibit diabetes and potentially prevent cancer – recent animal model studies have shown that they can also prevent age-related cognitive decline in mice with Alzheimer’s disease.
In findings presented at the conference Neuroscience 2013, extracts from rosemary were shown to “reduce deficits caused by mild cognitive impairment, which can be a precurser to Alzheimer’s disease”(6).
The herbs tested in this study also “reduced oxidative stress, which is considered a hallmark of age-related decline, in the part of the brain that controls learning and memory.”
A Preventative Measure
The exciting thing about these newly-discovered benefits of oregano and rosemary is that these herbs are safe – not only do they work, but you can consume them even in large quantities without any ill effects.
They’re also great to cook with, so they’re easy to incorporate into your everyday diet. Staple herbs in the mediterranean diet – a diet which is associated with lower risk of heart disease and obesity – these ingredients can add a flavorful kick to daily meals.
If these new studies can be replicated and validated in the scientific community, they could have major implications for the way we treat diabetes, cancer, and the development of Alzheimer’s disease.