15 Herbs And Spices To Supercharge Your Brain (#4 Is The Absolute Best!)

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2. Cloves

This super aromatic spice is often used in baking, but it is actually a terrific mental stimulant. Cloves reduce oxidative stress due to their high levels of antioxidants. They also contain a phenol compound that removes toxins from the body. Clove oil, when used as aromatherapy, can stimulate the brain to make you feel more energetic as well as attentive. Clove oil also blends well with other types of oils, such as lavender, orange, and rosemary. Clove oil has been found in several studies to actually reverse memory deficit and learning problems.


3. Gotu Kola

Like brahmi, gotu kola has a powerful effect on how the brain functions. Known in Sanskrit as mandukaparni, gotu kola helps to balance the left and right sides of the brain and helps with almost all aspects of brain function. Gotu kola is best known for being able to improve memory as well as improving blood circulation.


4. Turmeric

This is the king of spices when it comes to fighting inflammation and keeping your brain super sharp. The active ingredient in turmeric, curcumin, reduces plaque in the brain, which has been linked to Alzheimer’s disease. Turmeric also has powerful antioxidant compounds that can slow the progression of brain diseases already in progress; it is THAT powerful. Turmeric has antidepressant effects and improves memory. You can add more turmeric to your cooked dishes or consume a supplement.


5. Nutmeg

You might only think of nutmeg as a spice for cookies or muffins, but nutmeg can keep the brain sharp because of a compound called myristicin. Nutmeg inhibits an enzyme that contributes to Alzheimer’s disease and improves memory skills. Nutmeg oil is known to improve mental clarity as well as relieving feelings of stress. Nutmeg should be used in moderation, however, as consuming much more than half of a teaspoon per day can lead to vomiting, heart palpitation, and even hallucinations.


6. Ashwagandha

This herb is well known for improving mental clarity and improves cognitive function by reducing the effects of overwork. Ashwagandha improves memory, but it also offers serious support for the immune system. This is a potent protective herb that offers support for those suffering from nervous exhaustion and protects the cells of the brain from deterioration.

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