Bioscience

Herbs stimulate brain cells and taste buds

October 13, 2010

By Flinn Foundation

[Source: The Arizona Republic] –  Your kitchen spice rack – that trusted keeper of herbs and powders, savory and sweet, bold and mild – may also offer a way to keep aging minds sharp.

Some of the champions? Turmeric, rosemary, cumin and sage.

“We are learning that the same diet of saturated fats and processed foods that are bad for the heart also can be bad for the mind,” said neurologist Marwan Sabbagh, chief medical/scientific officer at Banner Sun Health Research Institute in Sun City, and associate director of the Arizona Alzheimer’s Disease Core Center. “What you eat matters, and that includes how you spice your food.”

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