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Abstract Title:

Anti-stress effects of lemon balm-containing foods.

Abstract Source:

Nutrients. 2014 Nov ;6(11):4805-21. Epub 2014 Oct 30. PMID: 25360512

Abstract Author(s):

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

Article Affiliation:

Andrew Scholey

Abstract:

Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) has been used historically and contemporarily as a modulator of mood and cognitive function, with anxiolytic effects following administration of capsules, coated tablets and topical application. Following a pilot study with lemon balm extract administered as a water based drink, which confirmed absorption of rosmarinic acid effects on mood and cognitive function, we conducted two similar double-blind, placebo-controlled, crossover studies. These evaluated the mood and cognitive effects of a standardised M. officinalis preparation administered in palatable forms in a beverage and in yoghurt. In each study a cohort of healthy young adults' self-rated aspects of mood were measured before and after a multi-tasking framework (MTF) administered one hour and three hours following one of four treatments. Both active lemon balm treatments were generally associated with improvements in mood and/or cognitive performance, though there were some behavioral"costs"at other doses and these effects depended to some degree on the delivery matrix.

Study Type : Human Study

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