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Celery and Parsley–Food for Improved Memory Function

July 29, 2011

I think I’ve already talked about the difficulty of living with a dysfunctional memory. I can’t remember exactly where I discussed this before but I’m pretty sure I must have because it’s one of those issues in my life that I combat every single day.  My memory sucks!!  Not only am I a woman experiencing the joys of menopause and the significant hormonal changes that all that entails and not only am I aging like everyone else in the baby boomer generation but I also battle fibromyalgia which alone impacts one’s memory in what can be a debilitating way. It affects everything in my life from my job to my relationships.

I am currently working on all manner of solutions to my terrible memory, like to-do lists, sending myself email reminders etc.  Eating those foods that help bolster my memory function is a real easy way of fighting the battle.  Since  I think I remember having a whole head of celery in my refrigerator,  I am going to go munch on that while you read the rest of this article.


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Can Celery Keep Your Brain In Shape?

We all accept that as we age, our memories get worse. Turns out that eating the parsley garnish on your plate may help. A recent study looked at how a compound called luteolin, (commonly found in parsley and celery) slowed cognitive decline in older mice. What they found was that the mice that were given a diet fortified in luteolin had brains that functioned much like their younger counterparts.

What is luteolin?

Luteolin, similar to quercetin, is a flavonoid, which means it fights the aging process in all our cells, and is associated with lowered risk of developing cancer and heart disease. In the brain, flavonoids protect cells from the aging process by reducing inflammation. Research has also been conducted involving luteolin and other neurological diseases, including diabetic neuropathy and multiple sclerosis; however, more research is needed. Luteolin is found in most leaves, which means it’s abundant in many herbs including parsley, celery, perilla leaves, chamomile tea, rosemary, oregano as well as olive oil, carrots and peppermint. Read Full Story Here.

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