New research published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology, has shown that drinking a concentrated rosemary extract drink, can boost cognitive and memory performance by up to 15%.
The research conducted by Dr Mark Moss at Northumbria University, is the first piece to be published on the benefit of drinking rosemary extract. The newly published research builds on Dr Moss’ earlier trials showing the benefits of rosemary aroma in boosting memory function.
Dr Mark Moss and the team conducted a series of tests to measure cognitive performance, focusing on memory. These tests were designed to assess the participants’ capability to retain and manipulate information. Across a number of tests, the group drinking Rosemary Water saw an improvement in their ability to recall information and complete their cognitive tasks.
The test participants were each given 250ml of concentrated Rosemary Water. 20 minutes after ingesting the shots, the experimental group performed the tasks while having their brain blood flow measured to assess how efficiently the body was extracting energy compared to the control group.
Those drinking Rosemary Water shots saw an average increase of 15% in performance as well as an increase in the levels of deoxygenated red blood cells flowing through their brain.
The researchers believe this indicates that the brain is extracting the energy it requires to perform the task more efficiently.
Dr Mark Moss believes this study adds to the accumulation of studies already carried out suggesting that “rosemary offers a number of interesting possible health promoting applications, from antioxidant to anti-microbial activity.”
In particular, the team believe the presence of 1,8-cineole and rosmarinic acid, both found in Rosemary Water, may be important in delivering improved cognitive performance.
The team use only fresh rosemary (not dried) and the herb is cold brewed to ensure that all the active compounds found in nature are extracted. This is not a flavor or essence.
You can cold brew your own rosemary water by leaving the fresh rosemary in a pitcher of water overnight.
HOMEMADE ROSEMARY COLD BREW
• 4 cups of water boiled
• 4 sprigs of rosemary
• 4 fresh lemons
• Stevia to add to sweeten
1. Pour 4 cups of water into a pitcher.
2. Squeeze in 4 lemons.
3. Steep 4 sprigs of rosemary.
4. Leave rosemary in the water overnight.
5. Add stevia to sweeten.
6. Remove rosemary and enjoy!
A study on rosemary essential oil showed that it significantly enhanced mental performance for overall memory quality and secondary memory factors as well as boosting the mood.
Simply dab some rosemary essential oil on your wrists or rub into your hands and lightly breathe in!
Rosemary has in fact, been associated with memory enhancement since ancient times. Ancient Greek students wore garlands of rosemary in exams and it has been referred to in literature of all kinds, as the herb of remembrance for hundreds of years.
You can now make your own rosemary water or use rosemary essential oil in a diffuser. I hope that you have found this information useful. Also, please share it with others.
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