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Eating Garlic Could Protect Brain Health

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  • Garlic may protect brain health by fighting age-related changes in gut health linked to cognitive function
  • Mice that received allyl sulfide, a compound in garlic, had improved long- and short-term memory, as well as healthier gut bacteria, compared to mice that didn’t receive the supplement
  • Mice taking the garlic compound also had higher gene expression of neuronal-derived natriuretic factor (NDNF), a gene required for memory consolidation
  • Previous research has also highlighted the benefits of a specific type of garlic — aged garlic extract (AGE) — for brain health
  • Known to have strong anti-inflammatory effects, AGE improved short-term recognition memory and relieved neuroinflammation in rats with an Alzheimer’s-like disease

Eating garlic may be good for your brain, particularly as you age. The pungent herb may protect brain health by fighting age-related changes in gut health linked to cognitive function, according to University of Louisville researchers.

The study, which was presented at the American Physiological Society's 2019 annual meeting, adds more credence to garlic's status as a superfood, and support for its powerful medicinal properties, which have been valued since ancient times.

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