Neurocognitive and Mood Effects of Nutrition and Nutraceuticals

Publish Date: 1 April 2013
Author(s): Andrew Scholey, PhD


Nutrients and botanical extracts, unlike mainstream pharmacological agents, may contain many active components with a combination of properties, which may affect multiple neuronal, metabolic, and hormonal systems with direct effects on cognitive processes. Dr. Scholey describes the role of specific herbal extracts on adult cognitive function, such as ginseng and Melissa officinalis (lemon balm), and addresses techniques for mood and cognitive assessment, including magnetoencephalography, which measures changes in magnetic fields associated with postsynaptic potentials. He also discusses the need for future research to discover synergistic nutrition interventions to optimize day-to-day cognitive function, maintain psychological well-being throughout life, and even treat conditions where mental function becomes fragile, including dementia.
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Andrew Scholey, Phd

Swinburne University, Centre for Human Psychopharmacology, NICM Centre for Natural Medicines and Neurocognition, Australia
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