Category Archives: Mood

Amaranthus spinosus: Antidepressant Herb

Amaranthus spinosus, commonly called spiny amaranth, spiny pigweed or thorny amaranth, is a plant that belongs to the Amaranthaceae family. The plant grows native to the tropics and is considered a weed. However, the plant is consumed as a food … Continue reading

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Antioxidants: Associated with Lower Anxiety Scores

Inflammation in the brain is associated with the development of mood disorders. This occurs because inflammation can cause damage to tissues via the generation of free radicals. A number of studies have shown that control of these free radicals, either … Continue reading

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Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) for Sleep and Well Being

Ashwagandha is an adaptogenic herb that is used in Indian traditional medicine for its mood elevating effects. The herb has been extensively evidenced to attenuate the stress response, and in doing so alleviates the symptoms associated with stress, including insomnia … Continue reading

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Passionflower as a Sleep Aid

Mood disorder can cause insomnia, because they change the way the brain functions. In particular, neurones in the hippocampus become dysfunctional, and this has a whole range of knock on effects that include an inability to sleep normally. The disturbed … Continue reading

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Erythrina variegata: Antidepressant

Erythrina variegata is a plant that belongs to the Fabaceae or legume family. Erythrina variegata is a deciduous tree that is commonly referred to as tiger’s claw or the Indian coral tree. The plant is native to parts of Asia … Continue reading

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Sphaerococcus coronopifolius: Antidepressant 

Sphaerococcus coronopifolius is a red algae that may have health effects when consumed. In particular, Sphaerococcus coronopifolius may have significant antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. These effects may make Sphaerococcus coronopifolius an effective mood elevating treatment. For example, in one study … Continue reading

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Poria cocos: Medicinal Mood Mushroom

Poria cocos is a mushroom belonging to the Polyporaceae family. In Chinese medicine the mushroom is known as Fu ling. Evidence suggests that Poria cocos has significant medicinal effects that may result from its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory actions. Poria cocos … Continue reading

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Schinus molle Phytochemistry

Schinus molle (the pepper tree) is an evergreen shrub that may have medicinal properties including mood elevating, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial effects. These effects stem from the presence of a number of phytochemicals in the tissues of the plant. A number … Continue reading

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Schinus molle: Anxiolytic Herb

Schinus molle is an evergreen shrub that is commonly called American pepper, false pepper, the peppercorn tree or California pepper. The tree is native to parts of Peru, and is recognisable because of the pinnate leaves and dark red fruits … Continue reading

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Rutin as an Antidepressant

Rutin is a glycoside of the flavonoid quercetin. Evidence suggests that it may have mood elevating effects in animals and humans. For example, in one study, researchers administered a rutin extract taken from the evergreen plant Schinus molle to mice. … Continue reading

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