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Herbal extracts and cognition in adulthood and ageing

Chapter


Abstract


  • Chapter Overview:

    • Cognitive ageing involves multiple interacting systems which may be influenced

    by components of plants. Thus, certain herbal extracts may be

    effective in maintaining psychological health or 'wellbeing', particularly in

    ageing.

    • Certain plants have evolved with components that can modulate behaviour,

    including cognitive performance.

    • There is good evidence that certain extracts have properties that enhance

    cognition. These include extracts of ginkgo, ginseng, salvia, guarana, lemon

    balm, bacopa and polyphenols.

    • In the domain of mood, lemon balm has consistently been shown to have

    a calming effect; evidence for other herbals is less clear, although cocoa

    polyphenols may have anti-fatigue effects.

    • One constant challenge for the psychopharmacology of herbal extracts is

    the use of standardised extracts and the use of multiple extracts in some

    medicinal systems.

Authors


  •   Owen, Lauren (external author)
  •   Stough, Con K. (external author)
  •   Pipingas, Andrew (external author)
  •   Scholey, Andrew (external author)
  •   Camfield, David A.

Editors


  •   Riby, Leigh M. (external editor)
  •   Smith, Michael (external editor)
  •   Foster, Jonathan K. (external editor)

Publication Date


  • 2012

Citation


  • Camfield, D. A., Owen, L., Pipingas, A., Stough, C. & Scholey, A. (2012). Herbal extracts and cognition in adulthood and ageing. In L. Riby, M. Smith & J. Foster (Eds.), Nutrition and Mental Performance: a Lifespan Perspective (pp. 302-328). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/512

Book Title


  • Nutrition and Mental Performance: a Lifespan Perspective

Start Page


  • 302

End Page


  • 328

Abstract


  • Chapter Overview:

    • Cognitive ageing involves multiple interacting systems which may be influenced

    by components of plants. Thus, certain herbal extracts may be

    effective in maintaining psychological health or 'wellbeing', particularly in

    ageing.

    • Certain plants have evolved with components that can modulate behaviour,

    including cognitive performance.

    • There is good evidence that certain extracts have properties that enhance

    cognition. These include extracts of ginkgo, ginseng, salvia, guarana, lemon

    balm, bacopa and polyphenols.

    • In the domain of mood, lemon balm has consistently been shown to have

    a calming effect; evidence for other herbals is less clear, although cocoa

    polyphenols may have anti-fatigue effects.

    • One constant challenge for the psychopharmacology of herbal extracts is

    the use of standardised extracts and the use of multiple extracts in some

    medicinal systems.

Authors


  •   Owen, Lauren (external author)
  •   Stough, Con K. (external author)
  •   Pipingas, Andrew (external author)
  •   Scholey, Andrew (external author)
  •   Camfield, David A.

Editors


  •   Riby, Leigh M. (external editor)
  •   Smith, Michael (external editor)
  •   Foster, Jonathan K. (external editor)

Publication Date


  • 2012

Citation


  • Camfield, D. A., Owen, L., Pipingas, A., Stough, C. & Scholey, A. (2012). Herbal extracts and cognition in adulthood and ageing. In L. Riby, M. Smith & J. Foster (Eds.), Nutrition and Mental Performance: a Lifespan Perspective (pp. 302-328). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/512

Book Title


  • Nutrition and Mental Performance: a Lifespan Perspective

Start Page


  • 302

End Page


  • 328