There’s nothing like being able to walk outside and pick fresh herbs for cooking. Dried herbs often have far fewer active compounds, and the flavor just can’t be compared. However, there’s a reason that many herbs have been referred to historically as having additional benefits beyond making a dish taste great. Many of these benefits rival those found in the best supplements being promoted for brain health today, and are often found on the label as supporting ingredients. 


With a gigantic US RDA for vitamin K at 574% - a compound that plays a good role in the treatment and possible prevention of Alzheimer’s disease - this leafy green herb also contains a great deal of iron, which is important for red blood cells to be able to carry oxygen (something your brain loves!). To round out the great benefits of parsley to rival the best brain supplements around, parsley also contains luteolin, a power inflammation fighter.


The most important compound found in Thyme from a brain supplement perspective is a substance called thymol. This has powerful antiseptic and antibacterial properties, but more importantly it has been shown to significantly increase the healthy fats throughout the many different types of tissue cells and can even increase the omega-3 fatty acid content in brain cell membranes. 


Some scientists have reported chemicals in Sage are acetylcholinesterase inhibitors. What does that mean? They have enormous potential to reduce the degradation and depletion of certain neurons in the brain. Lessening of these neurons over time leads to a build-up of amyloid plaques (unnatural folding of proteins that form fibrous deposits that can impede previously functioning tissues) that are one of the primary causes of Alzheimer's disease. So, add an extra dose to some non-unnaturally-folded protein like pork, a natural pair for this savory and beneficial herb.

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