Category Archives: Brain

Lavender and Cloves: Effects on Memory

Lavender and cloves are aromatherapy oils that have an application in the role of mood and memory. The odorants from the oil are able to affect physiological systems because the oils contain volatile compounds that can be absorbed through the … Continue reading

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The Effects of Coffee on Health: The Gut-Brain Axis

The gut-brain axis describes the neuronal and hormonal link between the intestinal tract and the central nervous system. This includes a large amount of neuronal connections and a dedicated hormonal system that sends, receives and processes information about the energy, … Continue reading

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Exercise and Diet: Their Effects on Mood

Exercise and diet can both influence mood. In general exercise and a good diet are considered beneficial to mood. However, as with all physiological parameters, control of mood is highly complex and diet and exercise can de double edged swords … 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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Chlorogenic Acid: Stress Reliever and Anti-depressant?

Clorogenic acid is a polyphenolic substance found in many plants, and is one of the most abundant phytochemicals in herbs and fruit. It has antioxidant properties and may also act as an anti-inflammatory. Crataegus pinnatifida (Hawthorne) is a source of … Continue reading

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Neuroprotective Spices

Dietary neuroprotection describes the beneficial effects conferred to brain and central nervous tissue by food. Many foods have been shown to confer such neuroprotection and the way this occurs can be via multiple mechanisms, some of which are well reported. … Continue reading

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Cloves For Memory Decline?

Clove (Eugenia caryophyllata (Myrtaceae; syn. Syzygium aromaticum, Caryophyllus aromaticus) is a traditional medicinal plant used for its wide ranging healing properties. Like most plants, cloves are high in antioxidant phytochemicals and have excellent free radical scavenging ability. In addition, cloves … Continue reading

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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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