Monthly Archives: October 2021

Vanillic Acid as An Antidepressant: Mechanisms

Vanillic acid is a polyphenolic substance found in plants. Vanillic acid is an oxidised form of vanilla, and is characterised by a similar creamy flavour. The neuroprotective effects of vanillic acid have been evidenced and a number of studies have … Continue reading

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Therapeutics of Vanillic Acid

Vanillic acid is a polyphenolic phytochemical. Like all polyphenols, vanillic acid is derived from benzoic acid through enzymatic reactions in plant cells. In cuisine, vanillic acid is used as a flavour enhancer and preservative, and this latter role is possible … Continue reading

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Fats, Lipids and Mood

The brain contains large amounts of lipids, which are located particularly in the cell membranes of neurones. The lipid in the diet can directly influence the fat in the brain, and it has been shown for example that diets high … Continue reading

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Vanillic Acid Against Mood Disorders?

Vanillic acid is a polyphenolic compound that is found in a range of edible plants and herbs such as the trunk bark of Amburana cearensis and in the roots of Angelica sinensis. Evidence suggests that vanillic acid has antioxidant and … Continue reading

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Chinese Angelica (Angelica sinsensis) Against Anxiety

Chinese angelica (Angelica sinensis) is one variety of Asian angelica species. Common names for the plant include Dong Quai. Chinese angelia contains a volatile oil called ligustilide, which is believed to have sedative properties. This sedative activity suggests that ligustilide … Continue reading

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Chinese Herbal Formula Xiao Yao San Against Depression?

The Chinese herbal formula Xiao Yao San is a combination of herbs that includes bupleurum root, Chinese angelica root, white peony root, poria, bighead atractylodes rhizome, ginger, prepared licorice root, menthol and peppermint. The formula is used in traditional Chinese … Continue reading

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Zizyphi fructus as A Sedative

Zizyphi fructus is the fruit of the Ziziphus jujube tree. The fruit is used in traditional Chinese medicine to treat a number of ailments including chronic bronchitis, consumption and blood disorders, or as an analeptic, expectorant, sedative and taste modifier. … Continue reading

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Ziziphus jujube as an Antidepressant

Ziziphus jujube is a flowering plant that belongs to the Rhamnacaea or buckthorn family of trees. The plant is often called red date or Chinese Date and it produces a small fruit that resembles an apple. The dried seeds of … Continue reading

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Ruta graveolens (Common Rue): Mood Elevating Herb?

Ruta graveolens (Common Rue) is also sometimes called rue or the herb or grace. The plant is grown for its ornamental properties which include a distinctive yellow flower and its tolerance for hot climates. The plant is edible and often … Continue reading

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Wheat grass (Triticum Aestivum) for Mood?

Wheat grass (Triticum Aestivum) belongs to the Gramineae family of plants and has a number of medicinal properties that are of nutritional interest. In particular the leaves of the plant contain a range of phytochemicals that include antioxidants and other … Continue reading

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