Whether it is to better prepare for an exam, or simply to improve your memory, plants can play an important and positive role in our cognitive system. In addition to their virtues, plants have the advantage of having no adverse effects (unlike drugs). Here are 6 plants that could help you in your everyday life to boost your memory, or simply your concentration.
Ginkgo biloba causes dilation of the blood vessels that irrigate the brain, which facilitates its oxygenation and its “food”. The extract of this plant is even used in medicines to treat memory disorders or to delay the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. Ginkgo biloba is recognized by the WHO for the symptomatic treatment of memory loss and concentration disorders.
In addition to its delicious taste, green tea promotes exchanges in the brain which improves the storage of information. Concretely, the polyphenol EGCG improves learning and stimulates memory. Theanine and the natural antioxidant contained in green tea help fight neurodegenerative diseases and memory loss.
A bad memory is sometimes linked to a problem of attention. Rhodiola rosea improves mental alertness, and therefore learning and memory. Clinical trials in the 2000s showed the effectiveness of the plant on overworked doctors, students during exams and volunteers placed under stress and fatigue. Compared to control groups, those who consumed rhodiola saw their condition improve significantly with better concentration, well-being, academic performance, intellectual work capacity, and reduced fatigue.
Bacopa is used in traditional Indian medicine to treat cognitive disorders and attention problems. Several studies have shown its effectiveness on the elderly.
Ginseng root is particularly effective in cases of physical and intellectual fatigue. The WHO has recognized its effectiveness against fatigue, but also against fatigue-related memory loss. It can be eaten raw, in infusion, grated and in powder.
Rosemary essential oil is effective on our brain. It promotes tone, concentration, alertness and memory. To take advantage of it, just put a drop on your wrist or on a handkerchief, and do it three times a day.