Category Archives: Brain

Poor Diet: Making You Dumb And Sad?

Poor diet is associated with a number of detrimental health effects. To date, most of the focus on the health effects of poor diet has been on the physical effects. These include weight gain, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancer. However, … Continue reading

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Creatine and Cognitive Function

Creatine is an important component of cells because it is used to buffer phosphocreatine during energy utilisation. Higher levels of creatine mean a greater buffering capacity, and this means the cell has a larger amount of energy for important processes. … Continue reading

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Convolvulus pluricaulis: Anxiolytic Herb

Convolvulus pluricaulis is a herb used in traditional herbal medicine. It is also sometimes called shankhapushpi. The main medicinal use of Convolvulus pluricaulis is as a brain tonic, where it is used to treat a number of mental disorders. One … Continue reading

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Gotu Kola (Centella asiatica): Cognitive Enhancer

Gotu kola (Centella asiatica) is a herb that has a long history of use as a general tonic. Gotu kola is a herb that is used in traditional Ayurvedic medicine, and it has been extensively researched for its health effects. … Continue reading

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Plants As A Source of Opioid Peptides

Plant are important dietary components for humans and animals. Plants contain a large number of proteins and many of these are enzymes. Plants use enzymes to synthesise phytochemicals. Evidence suggests that some of these enzyme may be useful as pharmacological … Continue reading

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Ellagic Acid For Brain Health

Ellagic acid is a phytochemical antioxidant found in a number of foods including walnuts and berries. Ellagic acid belongs to the polyphenol group of phytochemicals and a number of studies have shown positive health effects from consumption of ellagic acid … Continue reading

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L-Theanine: It’s Effects on Mental State

L-theanine is an amino acid found in the tea plant (Camellia sinensis). When tea is brewed, L-theanine passes from the tea leaves into the water. Consuming tea therefore provides a source of L-theanine, and studies show that the L-theanine from … Continue reading

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Iron Supplements Decrease Anxiety

Iron is an essential mineral required for oxygen transport and neurotransmitter formation. A number of physiological conditions are associated with iron deficiency, including changes to cognition and mood. Research studies have investigated the mental and physical effects of iron supplementation … Continue reading

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Iron Deficiency and Mood

Iron deficiency results in anaemia, because red blood cells require iron to carry oxygen. Poor iron status can therefore have wide ranging effects on physiology as all cellular processes ultimately rely on oxygen. Iron is also needed as a cofactor … Continue reading

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Vitamin D: Vital for Cognition and Mood

Vitamin D has a range of biological functions, and may be required for correct immunity, correct mineral homeostasis and mental function. Vitamin D deficiencies is increasingly being found to be widespread amongst the populations that live in developed countries. The … Continue reading

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