You’ve read right here in Health e-Tips, the gut-brain connection is very REAL.
And a biochemical process that goes awry in the gut can most definitely cause a “non-gut” symptom.
But of late, studies on this topic typically examine the gut’s effect on your emotions…
New research finds the gut could be linked with your MEMORY.
And today, I’ll show you how you can use this to your advantage...
The gut’s link to your MEMORIES
Scientists from the University of Louisville had a hypothesis that the gut microbiota could affect your recall ability.
They put it to the test by using a compound from garlic, called allyl sulfide, on mice. They gave mice that were 24 months old (56-69 in human years) this garlic extract and compared their microbiota and brains to mice that were only 6 months old.
Remarkably, allyl sulfide:
- Bettered the gut health of the mice;
- Improved their short-term and long-term memory; and
- REVERSED the damage that was already present, giving the mice the ability to remember what they’d once forgotten!
It hasn’t been tested in humans yet, but there’s no reason you shouldn’t give this a shot...
Because we’ve now seen the POWER of the gut-brain connection in action too many times for it to be ignored!
Get started by incorporating garlic into your diet.
The best garlic is fresh garlic. Hands-down.
Try adding a clove to your diet daily.
But if you’re not a fan of this pungent bulb, you can diminish its impact by adding citrus (lemon, lime, and orange), herbs like basil, or anything creamy like coconut milk.
For supplements, you have to be a discerning consumer. Allyl sulfides (the beneficial compound observed in the study) are very delicate, so make sure you select a high quality brand. Look for one that contains at least 10 mg of alliin.