Toasted Almonds and Rosemary to Improve Memory

· January 17, 2016
Our memory is the brain function that allows us to register, store and recall experiences. This happens as a result of the repetitive synaptic connections between the neurons, which create neuronal pathways.

Can toasted almonds and rosemary really improve your memory?

The majority of people have the capacity to memorize millions of things throughout their lifetime. When someone memorizes something for a time but later forgets it, this is what is known as short term memory.

Exercising the memory helps to strengthen it throughout your life and make it strong for when those years arrive when we do not have the same abilities as when we were younger.

Reading, writing, listening to music, studying or playing mental games, among other things, can help to exercise your memory so that you do not easily forget things and will help reduce the risk of neurodegenerative problems.

Another key to having a good memory is healthy diet. Our bodies obtain essential nutrients from the foods we eat in order to function adequately both on a physical and a psychological level. In this article, we’ll talk about the specific benefits of toasted almonds and rosemary for your memory.

Help your memory with toasted almonds and rosemary

A combination of toasted almonds and rosemary as well as other natural ingredients can provide a delicious natural supplement for the benefit of our brains and memory.

Benefits of almonds

Almonds

This nut contains phenylalanine, a substance that helps the brain to produce dopamine, adrenaline, and noradrenaline. The frequent consumption of almonds helps to improve memory and overcome problems with depression.

Due to their high content of fatty acids and other nutrients, they stimulate brain function and the nervous system.

Almonds contain trace elements of polyunsaturated fatty acids, whose deficiency can affect mental function.

They are a significant source of water, proteins, fats, carbohydrates and cellulose; vitamins B1, B2, PP, C, A, D y E; calcium, phosphorus, iron, potassium, sodium, magnesium, sulfur, chlorine, manganese, copper, and zinc. They also contain the 8 essential amino acids that our bodies need.

Almonds are an ideal complement to a healthy and balanced diet. They provide a sensation of fullness – satiety, helping control the urge to eat.

Benefits of rosemary

In a study published in Therapeutic Advances in Psychopharmacology, it was revealed that the smell of rosemary can help to improve mental development. Further, it could increase the velocity and efficiency with which the brain processes information.

In a study done by the University of Northumbria, in Newcastle (United Kingdom), it was discovered that the smell of rosemary can improve memory by 60% to 75%.

That is, rosemary can help recall past memories but will also strengthen the memory to remember simple things such as daily facts, dates, tasks or places where certain items have been left, among other things.

Researchers also suggested that the aroma of rosemary can also help to stimulate the capacity to complete mathematical mental exercises. Therefore, it improves prospective memory which is what allows us to remember tasks that we want to accomplish in the future.

How to prepare toasted almonds and rosemary

Almonds

To take advantage of the benefits of almonds with rosemary, a good option is to prepare this delicious recipe, which is very tasty and ideal to enjoy anytime.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups fresh whole almonds (340 g)
  • 1 tablespoon of coconut oil (16 g)
  • 1 tablespoon of finely chopped fresh rosemary (10 g)
  • ½ teaspoon of chili powder (2.46 mg) (optional)
  • ¾ teaspoon of sea salt (3.7 mg)
  • A pinch of crushed red pepper

Directions

  • Preheat the oven to 330 °F (165 °C).
  • Line a large tray with parchment paper and set aside.
  • In a bowl, combine all ingredients until almonds are evenly coated.
  • Place a single layer of the almond mixture onto the tray and place in the oven.
  • Bake at 330 °F (165 °C) for 20 minutes, or until lightly toasted.
  • Let cool to room temperature and then enjoy!

With the goal of improving the memory, this recipe should be included in your diet often. Obviously, the benefits will become apparent over the long run as your body receives the necessary daily nutrients.

In addition to improving the memory, this recipe can also help to control anxiety and lower stress. The smell of rosemary added to the benefits of the almonds, combines into a wonderful ally to improve your mood as well.

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