Spices are aromatic parts (except for the leaves) of certain plants which are used to add flavor to the food we eat.

But beyond their food enhancing capabilities, certain spices are also known to contain properties which help to improve memory and the cognitive functions of the brain.  They also help to protect your brain from neurodegenerative diseases that develop with age.

Here are a few spices which are known to help protect your brain from damage:

1.  Turmeric

Turmeric is a perennial Asian plant which is used as an ingredient in curry.  Aside from its ability to add taste and aroma to food, turmeric is also known to alleviate symptoms of common neurodegenerative ailments like Alzheimer's disease. 

It works by preventing the formation of amyloid plaques. These are abnormal patches which consist of tangles of amyloid proteins that develop in the cerebral cortex.

Turmeric contains curcumin, a potent antioxidant which helps to protect your brain from the effects of oxidation.  Oxidation is the culprit for the decline of the normal functioning of your nerve cells.    

2. Ginger

Ginger helps to protect your brain from the adverse effects of oxidation because it contains zingerone, another potent antioxidant that works like curcumin.

3. Cinnamon

Cinnamon is an aromatic bark of an Asian tree known as cinnamomum. It is known as a natural remedy for migraines and headaches.  The smell of this aromatic bark is also known to boost memory and the cognitive functions of the brain.

These are the three spices which are known to help protect your brain from damage due to neurodegenerative diseases.  You can use them as part of your regular diet to avail of their health benefits.  They are not intended to replace regular medical procedure.

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