Integral Therapies to Improve Memory and Mental Performance
Natural Standard celebrates the start of another academic year, highlighting various holistic
therapies that could improve memory and cognitive performance.
The following plants and herbs have shown effectiveness against mental problems and memory, especially memory loss
or with mild dementia.
Caffeine to improve memory and mental performance
Caffeine is the most consumed psychoactive chemical in the world. It stimulates the central nervous system, heart
rate and breathing. It is a natural compound found in the leaves, seeds or fruits of more than 60 plants, including
coffee beans, cocoa beans (Theobroma cacao), cola nuts (Cola acuminata), Guarana berries (Paullinia cupana), and
tea (Camellia sinensis). Caffeine has a long history of use in improving mood and cognitive function (mental).
Caffeine can be useful when consumed before a task related to cognition, also appears to increase working memory
and improve reaction time, but has less effect on long-term memory.
Ginseng to improve memory and mental performance
The term ginseng refers to several species of the genus Panax of the family Araliaceae (Latinized version of Greek
origin: pan = all and akos = cure). Several studies suggest that Panax ginseng may improve mental performance in
healthy individuals. According to reviews of previous studies, treatment with Panax ginseng was associated with a
higher speed of attention, accuracy and response time, with overall cognitive performance, and psychomotor
performance in healthy people. Future research should focus on determining whether these effects may be specific
for subgroups clearly defined and if a longer treatment duration added benefits.
Rosemary to improve memory and cognitive performance
Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis Linn) is a common shrub aromatic evergreen grown in many parts of the world. Often
used fresh and dried leaves as a food preservative and as a flavoring agent in traditional Mediterranean cooking.
Early research has shown that aromatherapy with essential oils of rosemary may improve cognitive performance.
However, more research is needed in this area.
Boron to improve memory and mental performance
Boron is a micro-nutrient found in plants, is thought to be essential for growth and development of animals.
Preliminary human studies report better performance on tasks of eye-hand coordination in attention, perception,
short-term memory and long-term memory with boron supplementation. However, additional research is needed before
reaching a final conclusion on the potential benefits.
Bacopa Monnieri to improve memory and cognitive performance
Bacopa is a creeping plant that grows in marshy places and frequently planted freshwater aquariums. It is native to
India and Australia, but has spread throughout the tropics. Bacopa is traditionally used in Ayurvedic medicine to
improve memory and cognition. However, further research is needed before reaching a final conclusion on the
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