Category Archives: Brain

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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Rosmarinic Acid: Brain Effects

Rosmarinic acid is a metabolite produce by a number of plants including rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis), lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) and wormwood (Artemisia capillaris). Rosmarinic acid has a number of effects in animals including antiviral, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant activity. Researchers … Continue reading

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Cinnamon Odour: Cognitive Enhancer

It is well known that certain smells and tastes are able to elicit neurochemical responses. Phytochemicals within plants are known to have this affects and in particular essential volatile oils from plants can cause significant changes in mood due to … Continue reading

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Bacopa monnieri (Brahmi): Cognitive Effects in Healthy Humans

Bacopa monnieri is a herb used in traditional Ayurvedic medicine. In India, Bacopa monnieri is called brahmi. Extracts of brahmi have been reported to cause significant improvements in memory and learning in humans, and central nervous system effects are known … Continue reading

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Centella asiatica (Gotu Kola): Mood Enhancer

Centella asiatica (Gotu Kola) is a herb that is thought to have adaptogenic properties. Gotu kola belongs to the Apiaceae family of plant and is found growing over large areas of Asia and the rest of the World. Gotu kola … Continue reading

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Clitoria ternatea: Anxiolytic Herb

Clitoria ternatea is a flowering plant belonging to the fabaceae or legume family of plants. Common names for Clitoria ternatea include blue pea, Asian pigeonwings, bluebellvine, butterfly pea, cordofan pea and Darwin pea. The plant grows native in parts of … Continue reading

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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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