Herbal extracts and nutraceuticals for cognitive performance

Andrew Scholey, Matthew Pase, Andrew Pipingas, Con Stough, David Alan Camfield

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There is growing evidence that certain plants have evolved to contain bioactive compounds that can modulate behaviour, including cognitive performance. This chapter briefly summarises the evidence pertaining to selected herbal extracts ginseng, Ginkgo biloba, Salvia, L-theanine, green tea catechins, Bacopa and guaraná. The focus is on evidence from well-controlled human trials examining the acute effects of supplementation in healthy adults. Although not discussed here, it should be noted that there is emerging evidence that some herbal extracts may also have chronic cognitive benefits in various clinical and non-clinical populations.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNutrition for Brain Health and Cognitive Performance
EditorsTalitha Best, Louise Dye
Place of PublicationBoca Raton, Florida
PublisherCRC Press
Number of pages30
ISBN (Electronic)9781466570030
ISBN (Print)9781466570023
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes

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