Investigation of a Melissa officinalis special extract on Cognition II: Human study - Lemon balm extract administered in confectionary bars

Andrew Scholey, Amy Gibbs, Chris Neale, Naomi Perry, Anastasia Ossoukhova, Vanessa Bilog, Marni Kras, Matthias Sass, Claudia Scholz, Sigrid Röchter, Sybille Buchwald-Werner

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The traditional application of Lemon balm focuses on calming and relaxing effects. Modern research has demonstrated new effects of Lemon balm on cognitive health. Here we evaluated the cognitive effects of a Lemon balm extract administered in confectionary bars with different sweetening systems. Using a double-blind, placebo-controlled, crossover study a cohort of 25 healthy people were tested. Word recognition was significantly improved by 0.6g Lemon balm extract in a confectionary bar. The Lemon balm/sugar confection was associated with higher mental fatigue in contrast to the Lemon balm/natural fruit sweetener confection. In conclusion, we have shown for the first time that a special Lemon balm extract administered in a confectionary bar leads to a significantly improvement of cognition.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)12-14
Number of pages3
JournalAgro Food Industry Hi-Tech
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Cognition
  • Confectionary bar
  • Lemon balm extract
  • Melissa officinalis
  • Memory improvement

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