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Rosemary Helps Seniors Remember

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By    |   Thursday, 28 Apr 2016 02:14 PM

When Shakespeare wrote "rosemary for remembrance," he was referring to a tradition that went back hundreds of years that modern studies are confirming. The most recent is from Britain's Northumbria University, which found that rosemary essential oil improves the memory of people over 65.

"In this study we focused on prospective memory," said researcher Lauren Bussey. "This involves the ability to remember events that will occur in the future and to remember to complete tasks at particular times. It's critical for everyday functioning. For example: when someone needs to remember to post a letter or to take medication at a particular time."

Researchers diffused rosemary and lavender essential oil by placing four drops on an aroma diffuser and switching it on five minutes before the participants entered the testing room.

A total of 150 people aged over 65 took part in the study and were randomly allocated to either the rosemary/lavender-scented room or another room with no scent.

Once in the room they took tests designed to evaluate their prospective memory functions. These included remembering to pass on a message at a given time during the procedure, and switching tasks when a specific event occurred. These tasks represent the two components of prospective memory: time-based (remembering to do something at a specific time such as watch a TV show) and event-based (remembering to do something due to an environmental cue such as posting a letter after seeing a post box).

Results showed that the rosemary aroma significantly enhanced prospective memory compared to the room with no aroma. Rosemary significantly increased alertness, and lavender significantly increased calmness and contentedness compared to the no aroma control condition.

"Rosemary essential oil can enhance cognitive functioning in healthy adults," said Bussey. "This is the first time that similar effects have been demonstrated in the healthy over 65's."

Other studies have found that rosemary improves brain function and circulation, and also lowers the risk of developing cancer. Researchers in California and Japan found that rosemary contains carnosic acid, which protects the brain against damage by free radicals, helping prevent strokes and neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s.

Researchers have also found that adding rosemary extract to ground beef reduces the cancer-causing chemicals that can form when meat is cooked, especially at high temperatures such as grilling.

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