Herbal extracts found in spearmint and rosemary improve on memory and learning. The corresponding study was presented at Neuroscience 2013 where Dr. Farr presented her research of a novel anti-oxidant based ingredient made from spearmint extract and rosemary extract. Her findings specify that higher doses of the rosemary extract compound was the most beneficial in improving memory and learning.
“We found that these proprietary compounds reduce deficits caused by mild cognitive impairment, which can be a precursor to Alzheimer’s disease,” said Susan Farr, Ph.D., research professor geriatrics at Saint Louis University School of Medicine.
Farr added, “This probably means eating spearmint and rosemary is good for you. However, our experiments were in an animal model and I don’t know how much — or if any amount — of these herbs people would have to consume for learning and memory to improve. In other words, I’m not suggesting that people chew more gum at this point.”
Saint Louis University (2013, November 15).