Will we one day be freshening our brains with spearmint?
Perhaps, according to a study presented at a session of Experimental Biology.
We’re not talking about the run-of-the-mill spearmint that strangles your garden like a lovely-smelling Marvel villain. The mint of the moment is a patent-pending spearmint extract containing a special phenolic complex created by Kemin, who funded the research.
The pilot study suggested the extract may indeed help improve cognitive health and cognitive performance in older adults. It was published in The Journal of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology and noted on Naturalproductsinsider.com.
Study participants received supplementation for 30 days. Researchers found improvements in subjective memory scores and in computer cognitive tests that were designed to measure reasoning, attention and planning. They also saw a significant improvement in attention, concentration and planning scores at two and four hours after the first dose on the initial day of supplementation. There were no adverse affects.
A rodent study presented last year at the Neuroscience 2013 meeting suggested that extracts from rosemary and spearmint may improve learning and memory and might even help the brain defend against Alzheimer's.