Category Archives: Brain

Is fasting Neuroprotective?

A number of therapeutic effects of energy restriction and fasting have been identified and these relate to a wide range of conditions, including mood disorders. The underlying mechanism for this appears to be a reduction in immune system activation and … Continue reading

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Essential Fatty Acids and The Brain

In human nutrition there are two essential fatty acids, linoleic acid (LA; C18:2, n-6), and alpha-linolenic acid (ALA; C18:3 n-3). These fatty acids are essential because without them the cells cannot function, and inevitably a deficiency causes disease followed by … Continue reading

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Grape Seed Extract and Cognition

Grapes are high in antioxidants and are known to have a number of health benefits in humans and animals. However, the antioxidants differ between different parts of the grapes and this may give them different properties. For example, scientists have … Continue reading

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Ginseng G115: Improved Performance From A Single Dose

Panax ginseng is a traditional medicine that can be used as a general tonic against stress. Stress is particularly damaging to health because it is known that stress can significantly lower the immune system. Studies suggest that consuming ginseng as … Continue reading

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Cloves for Memory

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Dehydration and Mental Performance

It is well evidenced that dehydration is able to cause a serious deterioration in physical performance. As little as 5 % dehydration can negatively affect physical fitness levels, and further declines can cause not only poor performance, but serious risk … Continue reading

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Silymarin as a Neuroprotective Agent

The milk thistle plant (Silymarin marianum) is a plant with a high antioxidant content. The seeds of the plant are particularly high in silymarin, a collective name for a group of flavonolignans. Around 50 to 70 % of silymarin is … Continue reading

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Fats for Brain Health

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Neuroprotective Effects of Polyphenols

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Short Term Cognitive Effects of Rhodiola and Ginseng

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