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Advances in Natural Medicines, Nutraceuticals and Neurocognition

1st Edition

Edited by Con Kerry Kenneth Stough, Andrew Scholey

CRC Press

369 pages | 32 B/W Illus.

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Great strides have been made in the field of natural medicine with respect to neurocognition. Once limited to the province of niche publications, these discoveries are now routinely explored in mainstream psychopharmacology, neuroscience, nutrition, and medical journals. Now presented in one convenient volume, Advances in Natural Medicines, Nutraceuticals and Neurocognition reflects the breadth and depth of recent advances in this area.

The editors of this volume are affiliated with one of the leading research centers in this area. Bringing together the work of contributors from around the globe, this book examines:

  • The application of cognitive batteries to capture small changes in cognition due to herbal and supplement administration
  • Recent methodological developments related to cognitive aging
  • Neurocognitive effects of isolated compounds, including N-acetylcysteine and lipoic acid
  • The effect of supplementation with multivitamins on cognitive health
  • The impact of agents that improve metabolic activity in the context of neurocognitive function
  • The extent to which essential fatty acids, and in particular omega-3s, can improve cognitive function
  • The application of Chinese medicine in the context of dementia—including herbal extracts, acupuncture, and other approaches
  • Mechanistic and efficacy studies associated with chronic administration of the Indian herb Bacopa monnieri (BM)
  • The efficacy of herbal abstracts in the treatment of anxiety disorders, depression, and insomnia
  • The Chinese club moss alkaloid Huperzine A, its mechanisms of action, and its potential in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease and related conditions

With more than 50 percent of the population taking some sort of natural medicine supplement, the industry is worth tens of billions of dollars per year. This book assembles recent research to assist researchers in further studies on these ubiquitous supplements and their effect on intelligence, memory, cognition, and brain functioning.


"The wide readership should ensure that it is placed in libraries round the world for the benefit for advancing the research recommendations. Highly Commended."

—2014 BMA Medical Book Awards

"The editors of this book have been doing research in this field throughout their careers and have co-authored two of the 16 chapters. Andrew Scholey, PhD, is a professor of behavioral and brain sciences and Con Stough, PhD, is a professor of cognitive neuroscience. Together they direct the Centre for Human Psychopharmacology at Swinburne University in Melbourne, Australia. As a psychopharmacologist, I read and enjoyed every page, and I think others will too."

—Jerry Cott, PhD, President, Psychopharmacology Consulting Services, writing in Herbalgram, November 2014-January 2015

Table of Contents

Methodologies to Measure Cognition in Natural Medicine Trials

Natural Substances as Treatments for Age-Related Cognitive Declines; Keith A. Wesnes

Measuring and Interpreting the Efficacy of Nutraceutical Interventions for Age-Related Cognitive Decline; Andrew Pipingas and David Camfield

Vitamins and Nutrients

Actions of N-Acetylcysteine in the Central Nervous System; David Camfield

Neurocognition and Micronutrients in the Elderly; Helen MacPherson

Lipoic Acid as an Anti-Inflammatory and Neuroprotective Treatment for Alzheimer’s Disease; Annette Maczurek, Lezanne Ooi, Mili Patel, and Gerald Münch

Metabolic Agents and Cognitive Function; Lauren Owen

Vitamins, Cognition, and Mood in Healthy Nonelderly Adults; Crystal F. Haskell and David O. Kennedy

Essential Fatty Acids and Neurocognition

Omega-3 Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids and Behavior; Philippa Jackson

Omega 3 Fatty Acids; Joanne Bradbury

Herbal Medicines and Neurocognition

Chinese Medicine Used to Treat Dementia; Dennis Chang, Ben Colagiuri, and Rong Luo

Epigallocatechin Gallate (EGCG) and Cognitive Function; Melissa Finn, Andrew Scholey, Andrew Pipingas, and Con Stough

Assessing the Utility of Bacopa monnieri to Treat the Neurobiological and Cognitive Processes Underpinning Cognitive Aging; Con Stough, Vanessa Cropley, Matthew Pase, and Andrew Scholey

The Memory-Enhancing and Associated Effects of a Bacosides-Enriched Standardized Extract of Bacopa monniera (BESEB—CDRI-08); Hemant K. Singh

Botanical Anxiolytics, Antidepressants, and Hypnotics; Jerome Sarris

Huperzine A; Andrea Zangara



About the Editors

Andrew Scholey is a Professor of Behavioral and Brain Sciences at Swinburne University in Melbourne, Australia.

Con Kerry Kenneth Stough is a Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at Swinburne University of Technology in Hawthorn Victoria, Australia.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HEALTH & FITNESS / Herbal Medications
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Neuroscience