Peppermint a Memory Enhancer
By: Nora Abou-Absi
A new study out of Northumbria University in Britain suggests that drinking peppermint tea can improve long-term and working memory in healthy adults.
The research team randomly allocated a total of 180 participants to take a drink of peppermint tea, chamomile tea or hot water. They found that participants who took peppermint tea showed significant improvement in long term memory, working memory and alertness. While the participants who took drank chamomile tea showed a slowed memory and attention speed compared to both who took peppermint and hot water.
“It’s interesting to see the contrasting effects on mood and cognition of the two different herbal teas. The enhancing and arousing effects of peppermint and the calming/sedative effects of chamomile observed in this study are in keeping with the claimed properties of these herbs and suggest beneficial effects can be drawn from their use,” said Mark Moss, researcher at Northumbria.
Though there is still a lot of research ahead to confirm the findings and how they can be utilized, it certainly does not hurt to have a bracing cup of peppermint tea before work, or a cup of soothing chamomile before bed just for the delicious flavours.