Category Archives: Flavonoids

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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More Mood Elevating Effects from Grapefruit (Citrus paradisi)

It has been shown that diets high in particular phytochemicals may have beneficial effects on mood. In particular, flavonoids have been shown to exert neuroprotective effects and may also affect neurochemistry. Grapefruit is a rich source of flavonoids of the … Continue reading

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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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Bitter Orange (Citrus aurantium): Anxiety Cure?

Bitter orange (Citrus aurantium) is a type of citrus tree native to Asia, but which is now found all over the World. Other common names for bitter orange include Seville orange, sour orange, bigarade orange or malalade orange. Bitter orange … Continue reading

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Propolis: Mood Elevating Food?

Propolis is a bee product that is made when honey bees collect resinous material from the leaves and bark of plants. This resinous material is then subsequently mixed with beeswax and enzymes to produce propolis. Because the propolis is mainly … Continue reading

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Dietary Sources of GABA

Gamma aminobutyric acid (GABA) is an amino acid neurotransmitter found in the brains of mammals and other animals. GABA is synthesised by humans and is therefore not essential in the diet. GABA is an amino acid, but it is not … Continue reading

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