20 Jun 2013

THE BRAIN BOOSTERS

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Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba) has long-standing roots in herbal medicine with the first medical uses of ginkgo traced back to 2800 BCE through traditional Chinese medicine. Ginkgo enhances peripheral circulation and promotes normal blood flow and circulation to the brain, thereby increasing mental alertness and clarity and improving attention. Studies have shown that ginkgo is able to produce a significant improvement in memory and abstract reasoning as well as increase cognitive processing speed. A double-blind clinical study showed that large doses of ginkgo extract can enhance performance on memory tests and increase the speed of information retrieval from short-term memory.

Bacopa (Bacopa monnieri) is a herb used in traditional Ayurvedic medicine to relieve nervous exhaustion due to stress. In addition to its use in the relief of mild anxiety, it also helps to improve both short- and long-term memory. Clinical trials have confirmed its ability to enhance mental alertness and optimise concentration and learning ability.

Gotu kola (Centella asiatica) has also been used for centuries in Ayurvedic medicine. It not only improves mental function and enhances learning and memory but is a brain and nervous system restorative that helps to alleviate anxiety and bolster the body’s ability to cope with stress.

Sage (Salvia officinalis) has been used as a medicinal treatment for several millennia for the amelioration of age-associated memory loss. Animal studies have shown that sage enhances memory retention. In 2005, a double-blind placebo-controlled human study demonstrated that sage led to improved mood and cognitive performance with increased ratings of mood, reduced levels of anxiety and increased alertness, calmness and contentedness.

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