Passiflora foetida is a species of passionflower often called wild maracuja, bushpassion fruit, wild water lemon or stinking passionflower. This species of passionflower is native to South, Central and North America. Passiflora foetida is a creeping vine with an edible fruit, and when damaged emits a pungent smell from its damaged foliage, hence its common name stinking passionflower. Researchers have investigated the mood elevating effects of Passiflora foetida on animals. In one study, researchers administered methanolic extracts of Passiflora foetida plants to mice and then exposed them to experimental stress in order to cause depression like behaviour in the animals. The extracts of passionflower were significantly effective at decreasing the depressive symptoms of the mice. In this regard the passionflower was as effective as the antidepressant drugs fluoxetine and imipramine. The authors concluded that passiflora foetida extracts exert antidepressant effects on mice.
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