Mild memory problems associated with aging can be ameliorated by a healthy diet and lifestyle. Just as exercise can help maintain cardiovascular and musculoskeletal health, it is also important that we exercise our brains. Learning a different language or simply doing a daily crossword puzzle can help to keep our brains fit and healthy. Choosing a diet that is rich in fruits, vegetables, and healthy fats (especially omega-3 fatty acid) is also important for brain health.
In a recently published study (March 2016), Colombian researchers conducted a preliminary pre-clinical study examining the effects of ingesting linalool for three months. Memory was then assessed in several different tests. Ingested linalool was associated with improvements in learning, memory, and overall cognitive health.* Not surprisingly, ingesting linalool also improved measures of emotional health.
Linalool is the top component of many essential oils, including Lavender, Clary Sage, Basil, Cilantro, and Coriander. So next time you are exercising your brain, you may want to reach for one of these oils.