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Cognitive Enhancement and Neuroprotective Abilities of Plants: Ethnobotanical and Pharmacological Importance of These Plants

Cognitive Enhancement and Neuroprotective Abilities of Plants: Ethnobotanical and Pharmacological Importance of These Plants
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Author(s): Kiran Mustafa (The Women University Multan, Pakistan), Javaria Kanwal (The Women University Multan, Pakistan), Samia Khakwani (The Women University Multan, Pakistan) and Sara Musaddiq (The Women University Multan, Pakistan)
Copyright: 2020
Pages: 25
Source title: Advanced Pharmacological Uses of Medicinal Plants and Natural Products
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Ajeet Singh (National Dairy Research Institute, India), Padam Singh (Vaccine and Infectious Disease Research Centre, Translational Health Science and Technology Institute, India) and Navneet Bithel (Gurukul Kangri University, India)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-2094-9.ch007

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Abstract

Extensive research suggests that a number of plant-derived chemicals and traditional Oriental herbal remedies possess cognition-enhancing properties. Widely used current treatments for dementia include extracts of Ginkgo biloba and several alkaloidal, and therefore toxic, plant-derived cholinergic agents. Several non-toxic, European herbal species have pan-cultural traditions as treatments for cognitive deficits, including those associated with aging. Acute administration has also been found to reliably improve mnemonic performance in healthy young and elderly cohorts, whilst a chronic regime has been shown to attenuate cognitive declines in sufferers from Alzheimer's disease. The present chapter looks at the ethnobotanical and pharmacological importance of various plants cognitive enhancing and other neuroprotective abilities.

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