Category Archives: Brain

Aspartame: More Detrimental Mood Changes

Aspartame is a controversial artificial sweetener because studies show it may have detrimental effects. In particular, there is evidence that it can cause detrimental mood changes. Many studies have investigated the negative cognitive effects of aspartame on animals, and these … Continue reading

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Brahmi (Bacopa Monnieri) In Polyherbal Formulas

A polyherbal formula is a combination of herbs. These herbs are usually selected because they share properties that make them useful against a particular disease or condition. Ayurvedic medicine uses combinations of herbs as polyherbal formulas because traditionally they have … Continue reading

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Bacopa Monnieri: Traditional Indian Mental Tonic

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Flavonoids and The GABA Receptor

The GABA receptor is a receptor located in high concentrations in the brain, central nervous system and gut of humans and animals. There are two types of GABA receptor, the GABAA and the GABAB receptors. The GABAA receptors are ion … Continue reading

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Gastrodia elata: Another Anti-Anxiety Herb?

Gastrodia elata is a perennial herb of the Orchidaceae (Orchid) family of plants. Gastrodia elata grows in parts of Asia including Nepal, Bhutan, Korea, Taiwan, Siberia, India and Japan. The plant grows in mountainous regions in forest clearings and it … Continue reading

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Does Dietary GABA Get Into the Brain and Does it Matter?

It is known that the neurotransmitter GABA is responsible for decreasing excitatory activity in the brain of humans and other animals. When GABA is released from neurones, it activates GABAA receptors and this causes the opening of chloride channels of … Continue reading

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Seafood for Mood Disorders

Seafood is increasingly being seen as beneficial to mood disorders. The current opinion is that part of this benefit comes from the high concentrations of omega-3 fatty acids in seafood. In particular the omega 3 fatty acids docosahexaenoic acid  (DHA, … Continue reading

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Omega-3 Fatty Acids To Treat Seasonal Affective Disorder

There is evidence that there is currently an epidemic of depressive and anxiety disorders in the Western nations. Some have argued this is due to improvements in diagnosis and reporting of mood disorders, but empirical evidence argues against this case … Continue reading

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Sage (Salvia): Medicinal Plant

Sage (Salvia) is a group of plants belonging to the Lamiaceae or mint family of. The plants are mostly aromatic on account of the presence of a characteristic essential oil. The most commonly known species of sage is perhaps Salvia … Continue reading

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Salvia (Sage) Plants: Anxiety Treatments?

Salvia (sage) plants are a perennial plant that belongs to the Lamiaceae or mint family of plants. The most well known of these plants is possibly Salvia officinalis, which is also called common sage or garden sage. Salvia plants tend … Continue reading

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