Category Archives: Antioxidant

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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Curcumin Improves Mood and Memory in the Elderly

Evidence suggests that curcumin may have cognitive and mood elevating effects in humans. A number of studies have been performed to investigate these effects. For example, one group of researcher were interested in the short and long term effects of … Continue reading

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Curcumin: Anxiolytic and Memory Enhancer?

Curcumin is the proinciple cucumoid in turmeric (Curcuma longa). Curcumoids are a group of phenolic compounds that are pigments responsible for the yellow colour of turmeric. Curcumin has been shown to have a number of beneficial effects in animals. This … Continue reading

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Curcumoids with Pepper and Saffron: Effective Antidepressants

Curcumoids are a group of polyphenodic phytochemicals found in the spice turmeric (curcumin: Curcuma longa). Curcumoids are antioxidants and this makes them useful in the treatment of mood disorders as free radicals and oxidative stress are implicated as a causative … Continue reading

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Turmeric: Effective Anxiety Treatment?

Turmeric is a spice that is the powdered root of the Curcuma longa plant. Turmeric contains the yellow pigment curcumin, which is in turn composed of a number of phytochemicals called curmumoids. Evidence suggests that curcumin is a potent antioxidant … Continue reading

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