4 Herbs to Improve the Memory

Forgetting things is something we all do from time to time, such as a phone number or where we put the car keys.

How many times have you walked into a room and forgot what you were going there to do?

Its a rather common occurrence for most of us. But as we age, we seem to forget more and more. Sometimes, it’s just a matter of having too many “things on our plate” – simply too much to do and too much to memory.

While forgetting more as we get older is normal, there are some symptoms that are more than just typical memory loss, and could be the start of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. These include:

  • Frequently forgetting common words or how to use them
  • Forgetting how to do everyday things
  • Memory losses that affect your work
  • Getting lost or confused in familiar places

These types of memory problems are more serious than just typical forgetfulness and should be addressed with a doctor.

For typical forgetfulness as mentioned earlier, herbs have been found to improve mental clarity and the memory. If your memory loss is not causing major problems in your life, but you would like to work on improving your memory, try the following herbal remedies.

Asian ginseng

Asian ginseng is native to Korea and China. The root of Asian ginseng is dried and used to make extracts, teas and capsules. Asian ginseng is an “adaptogen”, which is a substance that protects the body from mental and physical stress. This reduction in stress can increase mental clarity and improve the memory.

Asian ginseng is safe for most adults in recommended doses. Diabetics, however, should use caution taking Asian ginseng, because it may lower the blood sugar.

Gingko

The gingko tree is one of the oldest trees in the world, and gingko seeds have been used in Chinese medicine for thousands of years. Gingko leaf extracts are now used to treat Alzheimer’s disease, as well as other types of dementia and memory impairment. Extracts are taken from the Gingko leaf and used to make capsules, tablets and teas.

Side effects of Gingko are rare, but some people have experienced allergic reactions. Also, Gingko may increase bleeding, so avoid use if you have a bleeding disorder, take anticoagulant drugs or are scheduled for surgery.

Green Tea

Green tea is produced from the fresh leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant. Green tea extracts can be taken in the form of capsules, or drank as a beverage, hot or cold. Green tea is full of antioxidants and is shown to improve mental alertness and memory.

Green tea is safe when used in moderation. Concentrated green tea extracts should be taken with food. There have been rare cases of liver problems reported with the use of concentrated green tea extracts. Green tea contains caffeine, so if you are sensitive to caffeine, green tea should be limited or avoided.

Rosemary

Rosemary is native to the Mediterranean and has long been used for medicinal purposes. Rosemary grows well in most climates and today it can be found in many herbal gardens, which isn’t surprising since it’s a super antioxidant. Research has found that rosemary protects the brain and prevents memory loss by preventing the breakdown of a chemical that induces the brain cells responsible for memory.

Add fresh rosemary to food, or look for rosemary supplements at your health food store.

Summary

These herbs are certainly worth giving a try and see if they can improve your forgetfulness. If memory loss is affecting your job or your social life, it’s important to see your doctor.

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Have you used herbs for memory loss? Did they work? Let us know in the comments

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Kayal

Brahmi and gotu kola are two other herbs that are very good for the functions and memory.

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