Eating garlic could help protect your memory, new study shows

You might miss out on some smooches, but a new study suggests that consuming garlic may help protect your memory. Scientists at the University of Louisville found that eating garlic may reduce age-related problems with memory. As it turns out, allyl sulfide, the same sulfide compound that gives us “garlic breath” also improves our gut health, which is one factor in cognitive function. If people eat more garlic, the study’s authors believe people could see a reduced risk in neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. For the study, researchers gave oral allyl sulfide to 24-month-old mice (basically 56 to 69 years of age in human years). They then compared these mice with 4- and 24-month-old mice not receiving the allyl sulfide supplement. The older mice that received the garlic showed better long and short term memories, as well as a healthier gut bacteria, than the mice that didn’t receive…

Study shows this much salad can keep your brain young

You can thank mom and dad for forcing you to finish your greens before getting up from the dinner table. While they knew veggies and salads were good for you, they might not have known exactly how much so. Salads are packed with essential nutrients — protein, iron, and fiber, just to name a few. And now, researchers have found that eating one to two servings of leafy green salads per day can improve your memory and overall cognitive ability. The study, published in the journal Neurology, was lead by Martha Clare Morris, ScD, a nutritional epidemiologist at Rush University Medical Center. Over the span of 4.7 years, Morris and her colleagues looked at 960 participants, ages 58 – 99. Volunteers were asked to fill out questionnaires on the frequency they ate foods like spinach, salad, kale, collards and other greens. They were also asked to complete yearly thinking and memory skills tests to gauge…