This Obscure Food Drastically Improves Memory, According to a New Study

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Have you been forgetting where you put your glasses when they’re on your head? Missing your phone when it’s in your hand? 

Finding yourself forgetting people’s names or why you went into another room? You’re not alone. Memory loss and cognitive decline are often considered normal signs of aging. 

What if they don’t have to be? A new pilot study conducted in South Korea finds a surprising food to be a potential solution.

What is Sesame Oil Cake Extract (SOCE)

Sesame Oil Cake Extract

Sesame oil cake extract (SOCE) is a byproduct of roasting and pressing oil from sesame seeds. The sesame seed husks left behind are known as oil cakes. 

Sesame seeds are known for their antioxidant properties that come from phenolic compounds, such as lignans. These phenolic compounds are believed to exhibit positive health benefits. 

These include reducing the risk of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s (1).

The Link Between SOCE and Memory 

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Studies conducted on mice have shown promising results for improved cognition with supplemental SOCE. 

A recent pilot study conducted in 2021 has shown similar results in human trials. The study was created to help find alternative therapies for cognitive disorders, such as Alzheimer’s disease.

The 12-week randomized controlled pilot study showed those who consumed SOCE had improved memory compared to those in the placebo group. This study also found that those who consume SOCE had reduced amyloid-beta levels. 

These are common biomarkers for Alzheimer’s disease. Further human trials are still needed to test the efficacy of supplemental SOCE for memory and cognitive benefits. Yet, the results of this pilot study show promise (2).

Bottom Line

This research is still new and more human trials are needed to determine the efficacy of supplemental SOCE. Even though it’s not yet proven, consuming sesame oil, or sesame seeds, might be beneficial. 

Add extra flavor to your dish with sesame oil or sprinkle sesame seeds on top of your next salad or casserole. Your brain may thank you later. 

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Meghan Stoops, RD

Meghan is a Registered Dietitian and freelance content writer in the beautiful New Smyrna Beach, Florida. She takes an all-foods-fit approach to nutrition and is dedicated to freeing others from diet culture and simplifying healthy eating.

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