Category Archives: Antioxidant

Gastrodia elata: An Important Brain Antioxidant?

Gastrodia elata is a plant used in traditional Chinese medicine for the treatments of convulsions and epilepsy. The active constituents of the root of the plant may be p-hydroxybenzyl alcohol and vanillin (4-hydroxy-3-methoxybenzaldehyde). It is known that Gastrodia elata root … Continue reading

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Coffee Versus Tea As A Health Drink

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Tea Versus Coffee

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Sage (Salvia officinalis) as a Neuroprotective Agent

Salvia is a large group of plants that belong to the Lamiaceae or mint family of plants. As with many other mint family plants, sage plants have been shown to possess mood elevating effects. Salvia officinalis, or common sage, has … Continue reading

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Green Tea Catechin Chemistry

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Tilia Americana (Basswood): Anxiety Treatment?

Tilia Americana is a species of tree from the Malvaceae (mallows) family of tree. Common names for this tree include American basswood or American linden. This family contains a number of trees of economic importance including cotton and cacao. The … Continue reading

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Ginger (Zingiber officinale) as an Anxiety Treatment

Ginger (Zingiber officinale) is a perennial flowering plant that is used in traditional medicine for its anti-inflammatory properties. The rhizome of the plant is used for this purpose and is often called ginger root or ginger. Ginger belongs to the … Continue reading

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Hawthorn (Crataegus nigra) Berries for Anxiety?

Hungarian Hawthorn (Crataegus nigra) is a species of hawthorn that grows to about 6 meters. It is very much like other hawthorn species, and produces a round berry that can be up to 10 mm in diameter. The berry can … Continue reading

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Why Are So Many Plants Effective Against Mood Disorders?

Genetic and environmental factors are likely involved in the development of mood disorders. In this regard expression or inhibition of certain enzymes and changes to diet are two factors that are linked to changes in mood. One common factor that … Continue reading

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The Anti-Stress Effects of Turmeric

Stress may be a cause of deterioration in brain function that leads to certain mood disorders such as anxiety and depression. Stress is damaging because it causes the release or pro-inflammatory cytokines in the brain, and this then leads to … Continue reading

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