On November 11, 2013 Dr. Susan Farr, a research professor in genetics, presented at the Neuroscience Conference the early findings of a recent study on mice.  This study found enhanced antioxidants made from antioxidants present in spearmint and rosemary can help boost learning and memory in animals.  She tested a novel antioxidant-based ingredient made from spearmint extract and two different doses of a similar antioxidant made from rosemary extract on mice that have age-related cognitive decline.

She found that the higher dose rosemary extract compound was the most powerful in improving memory and learning in three tested behaviors. The lower dose rosemary extract improved memory in two of the behavioral tests, as did the compound made from spearmint extract.

Further, there were signs of reduced oxidative stress, which is considered a hallmark of age-related decline, in the part of the brain that controls learning and memory.

“Our research suggests these extracts made from herbs might have beneficial effects on altering the course of age-associated cognitive decline,” Farr said. “It’s worth additional study.” (Read article here) We will certainly be watching for further information as more studies may provide further insight!