How These Two Herbs Can Help You Learn

How These Two Herbs Can Help You Learn
on November 20, 2013 by in Blog No Comments

Catering Crew Secrets Revealed: Using Spearmint and Rosemary to Boost Brain Power

Unlike some of the other herbs in the mint family, spearmint and rosemary are used most often in cooking. While peppermint may complement a cocktail nicely, these two powerful herbs go particularly well with fruits, vegetables, and poultry. But there is much more to these herbs than a fresh taste! Just ask your knowledgeable catering company and they will tell you the same.

Numerous studies have concluded that spearmint and rosemary have positive effects on the human body. A recent health study, however, reveals that the antioxidants found in these herbs may improve one’s ability to learn and remember, which also prevents cognitive decline with age. So, with such benefits in mind, let’s get to know these two herbs a bit better:

Spearmint

Spearmint is a common ingredient in health food products, toothpastes, mouthwashes, medicine, and cosmetics due to its pleasant odour and therapeutic qualities. Unlike its sibling, peppermint, spearmint does not contain much menthol. Instead, it’s rich in limonene, dihydrocaryone, and cineol, and is packed with vitamins! Catering crews often combine spearmint in their recipes, meaning that seafarers experience the following benefits without even realizing:

·  Spearmint’s antioxidant and antifungal properties help to protect the body from infection and disease by preventing the formation of free radical cells;

·  As many have discovered drinking spearmint tea, this herb has the power to quell nausea and alleviate the symptoms of other digestive problems;

·  Spearmint is considered a natural remedy for sore throats, arthritis, cramps, toothaches, colds, muscle pain, and headaches.

Rosemary

Rosemary comes from the Mediterranean and is commonly used in foods from this geographical location. In saying this, rosemary has become an ordinary condiment throughout the world due to its lovely fragrant and taste. Catering crews regularly add rosemary to dishes that involve chicken or lamb, adding an extra source of iron, calcium, and vitamin B6. Other common herbs from this family used alongside rosemary include oregano, thyme, and basil. Let’s take a look at what rosemary has to offer:

·  Rosemary is a rich source of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds which are known to assist the immune and circulatory systems;

·  Rosemary is known to fight-off free radical damage in the brain with the carnosic acid found inside this herb. For similar reasons, rosemary helps protect the brain from aging;

·  Rosemary’s anti-inflammatory and anti-tumor agents fight cancer cells, especially those sometimes formed when cooking beef;

·  The same carnosic acid that boosts memory also prevents macular degeneration (eye sight).

At Global Catering, we are committed to finding the best ingredients to add to our menu. As a knowledgeable and experienced catering company, we understand the nutritional requirements for active seafarers abroad and work diligently to provide meals that not only satisfy these expectations, but exceed them as well. Read through our older posts to find additional spotlight articles on different super fruits and recipes!

References

Spearmint Info
Rosemary Info
Study: Spearmint and Rosemary Extracts Improve Memory

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