Two Herbs Found to Improve Learning, Memory in SLU Research

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – New research on mice at Saint Louis University has found certain herbs can help improve learning and memory.

Lead researcher and geriatrics professor Dr. Susan Farr found mice, when given enhanced extracts made from spearmint and rosemary, were able to improve their memory and learning.

Does that mean humans should we be eating more spearmint and rosemary?

“It’s not bad for you. The thing is, you would really have to eat a lot of it in order to get the amount that we gave to these animals which is why the extract is good, they can pull it out and we can narrow it on these cells that really improve,” Farr said.

Farr says the goal is to develop an ingredient out of this extract which can be put into vitamins and food.

These extracts, she says, might also some day alter the course of age-associated cognitive decline diseases such as Alzheimer’s.


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