Study: Celery Can Improve Your Memory

If you can’t currently remember why you walked into the room, where you put your iPhone or what that person’s name is (for the sixth time), scientists have said you can blame it on aging, depression and even your body shape. Whatever the cause, losing your mind is a bitch. But according to a new study, improving your memory can be as simple as opening your refrigerator.

A compound called luteolin—commonly found in celery—was shown to reduce cognitive decline in older mice.  Not only did the luteolin improve their memory, it helped their brains function more like their younger counterparts.

It seems that luteolin fights the aging and inflammation process in our cells — major contributors to “Now, what was I going to say?” As an added bonus, it has also been shown to protect the body from other neurological diseases, including diabetic neuropathy and multiple sclerosis.

As someone with an affinity for anything crunchy, this comes as good news. Celery-apple salad is among one of my favorite summertime treats. Plus, it has walnuts in it, which not only add to the crunch, but are also thought to be a superfood for our brains.

Crunchy Apple and Celery Salad

4 stalks of celery (trimmed and cut in two-inch lengths)
2 tbsp cider vinegar (try pear vinegar or raspberry vinegar for some added sweetness)
2 tbsp maple syrup or honey
1/4 tsp salt
2 apples (peeled and cut into small sections)
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (or pecans)
6 leaves of butterhead or romaine lettuce

Toss and enjoy chilled! You can also throw in some pears for an added crunch.

Oh, and if you’re not a fan of celery, you can get a memory-boosting punch of luteolin in parsley, chamomile tea, rosemary, oregano, carrots and peppermint. Now, if I could just remember this list, I’d be all set.

Photo credit: LAWeekly, flickr


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    • Kim Foster, MD

      Deborah–do you have the citation for this study? I’ve been trying to hunt it down, and can’t seem to.