I know it sounds far-fetched, but actually, it’s true. In a recent article by journalist Kendra Cherry and review by medical doctor Dr Steven Gans MD came across some research that suggested chewing (especially gum) increased activity in the brain’s hippocampus – the part of our brain that is associated with memory.
In the experiment between those who chewed gum and those who did not, the people who chewed gum during a series of tests scored 24 percent higher than the controls’ on tests of immediate word recall, and 36 percent higher on tests of delayed word recall. The research also indicated that the men and women who chewed gum were more accurate on tests focusing on spatial working memory.
If ever there was a reason to pull out a pack of sugar-free gum and start chewing, surely this must be one that is backed by science.
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