Rosemary not only tastes good in food, but scientists have now found it is also good for your brain. The herb contains an active ingredient called carnosic acid (CA), which can protect the brain from strokes.

CA becomes activated by the damage itself, remaining innocuous unless needed, which is exactly what is wanted in a drug.

A dash or two of other herbs and spices may offer health benefits as well. Studies are exploring the therapeutic benefits of many herbs and spices. For example, turmeric as an anti-inflammatory to help regulate the immune system, ginger to prevent or relieve postoperative nausea and garlic to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.

The bad news? Most of these herbs and spices don’t work in the small doses we get from eating them in prepared dishes, and researchers don’t yet know much about the effectiveness and safety of ingesting large amounts.

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