Category Archives: Flavonoids

Convolvulus Plants: Contain Mood Elevating Flavonoids

Convolvulus are a large group of plants that have been shown to have medicinal properties. In particular, Convolvulus plants may have mood elevating properties. It is not clear how these plants are able to elevate mood, but evidence suggests that … Continue reading

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Cocoa as a Mood Enhancer

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Oranges (Citrus species)

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The Beneficial Effects of Chocolate

Chocolate is a confectionery food, most commonly made with cocoa and sugar. The sugar to cocoa ratio is pivotal in determining whether chocolate is a healthy food or not. For example, milk chocolate has a high sugar content and a … Continue reading

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Flavonoids as Anxiolytic Agents

Post traumatic stress disorder is a form of anxiety. The definition of the disorder is rather wide, but in general the sufferer exhibits a low mood as a direct result of being involved in a significantly stressful event in their … Continue reading

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Anthocyanins: Plant Pigments and Healthy Phytochemicals

Anthocyanins are phytochemicals belonging to the flavonoid group. There are 17 naturally occuring anthocyanins, but only 6 are commonly found in plants (cyanidin, peonidin, pelargonidin, malvidin, delphinidin, and petunidin). Anthocyanins are red or orange under acidic conditions and blue or … Continue reading

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Baikal Skullcap (Scutellaria baicalensis): Mood Elevating Herb

Baikal skullcap (Scutellaria baicalensis) is a flowering plant that belongs to the Lamiaceae or mint family of plants. However, it should be distinguished from American skullcap, which belongs to the same group of plants, but is a different species and … Continue reading

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American Skullcap (Scutellaria lateriflora): Phytochemistry

The aerial parts of the American Skullcap plant (Scutellaria lateriflora) have been traditionally used for their medicinal properties. In particular, American skullcap may have central nervous system effects that include sedative, anxiolytic and antidepressant effects. American Skullcap is high in … Continue reading

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Does Myricetin Reduce Anxiety and Depression?

Myricetin is a flavonoid synthesised by plants. Myricetin belongs to the flavonol group of flavonoids. Other flavonnols found in plants include quercetin, kaempferol and galangin. The chemistry of the flavonols makes them biologically active and they may possess antioxidant, anti-inflammatory … Continue reading

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Tilia Americana (Basswood): Anxiety Treatment?

Tilia Americana is a species of tree from the Malvaceae (mallows) family of tree. Common names for this tree include American basswood or American linden. This family contains a number of trees of economic importance including cotton and cacao. The … Continue reading

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