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LoveYourBrain Tip: Eat Mint!

EAT MINT!

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BRAIN HEALTH | 6.27.2016 | BY DAYA ALEXANDER GRANT, PH.D., M.S.

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How delicious does mint lemonade sound during these hot summer days?  Mint is a great herb for the brain due to its high levels of Vitamin A and Vitamin C.  Vitamin A has been positively associated with the brain’s ability to learn, as well as an increase in neuroplasticity. Neuroplasticity refers to the brain’s ability to physically change, which is obviously a useful characteristic.  Vitamin C seems to be neuroprotective in that it prevents cognitive decline.

One interesting 2008 study out of England actually found that the scent of mint could improve memory and alertness.  Additionally, rubbing a small amount of peppermint oil on your temples may help alleviate a headache.     

Toss fresh mint into a fruit salad, make a refreshing iced peppermint tea, or enjoy that thirst-quenching mint (or, even better, blueberry mint!) lemonade.