1st Edition

Advances in Natural Medicines, Nutraceuticals and Neurocognition

Edited By Con Kerry Kenneth Stough, Andrew Scholey Copyright 2013
    372 Pages
    by CRC Press

    369 Pages
    by CRC Press

    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

    Methodologies to Measure Cognition in Natural Medicine Trials. Natural Substances as Treatments for Age-Related Cognitive Declines. Measuring and Interpreting the Efficacy of Nutraceutical Interventions for Age-Related Cognitive Decline. Vitamins and Nutrients. Actions of N-Acetylcysteine in the Central Nervous System. Neurocognition and Micronutrients in the Elderly. Lipoic Acid as an Anti-Inflammatory and Neuroprotective Treatment for Alzheimer’s Disease. Metabolic Agents and Cognitive Function. Vitamins, Cognition, and Mood in Healthy Nonelderly Adults. Essential Fatty Acids and Neurocognition. Omega-3 Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids and Behavior. Omega 3 Fatty Acids. Herbal Medicines and Neurocognition. Chinese Medicine Used to Treat Dementia. Epigallocatechin Gallate (EGCG) and Cognitive Function. Assessing the Utility of Bacopa monnieri to Treat the Neurobiological and Cognitive Processes Underpinning Cognitive Aging. The Memory-Enhancing and Associated Effects of a Bacosides-Enriched Standardized Extract of Bacopa monniera (BESEB—CDRI-08). Botanical Anxiolytics, Antidepressants, and Hypnotics. Huperzine A. Index.


    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.