Herbal Supplements and the Brain: Understanding Their Health Benefits and Hazards

Herbal Supplements and the Brain: Understanding Their Health Benefits and Hazards

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by S.J. Enna, Stata Norton
     
 

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Today, many manufacturers of plant-based "neuroceuticals" claim their products can offer powerful benefits in brain function. However, the US government does not require these manufacturers to demonstrate their products’ effectiveness, leaving it difficult for consumers and health professionals to make decisions about the benefits and risks. In Herbal

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Today, many manufacturers of plant-based "neuroceuticals" claim their products can offer powerful benefits in brain function. However, the US government does not require these manufacturers to demonstrate their products’ effectiveness, leaving it difficult for consumers and health professionals to make decisions about the benefits and risks. In Herbal Supplements and the Brain: Understanding their Health Benefits and Hazards, two leading researchers provide this crucial information in clear language any intelligent reader can understand and use. They begin by introducing the fundamental principles of pharmacology, explaining how drugs and natural products can affect the body’s organs and organ systems. Using examples, they show how to determine whether an ingested substance can enter the bloodstream and reach its target at a concentration sufficient to have an effect. They also explain how natural products may influence blood levels of other substances, and discuss whether such interactions may diminish the effectiveness of prescription medications or alter normal body chemistry. Throughout, the authors emphasize factors relating especially to neuroceuticals and the brain. Individual chapters are devoted to nutritional supplements which promise to enhance memory, relieve pain, safely promote sleep, and aid in the treatment of depression or anxiety. Specifically, readers will find research-based coverage of Ginkgo biloba; St. John’s Wort; Valerian; Lemon Balm; Kava; Lavender; Kudzu, Daffodil, Passion Flower, and Camellia Tea and other caffeinated beverages.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780132824972
Publisher:
FT Press
Publication date:
06/07/2012
Series:
FT Press Science Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
1,484,699
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

S. J. Enna is a Professor at University of Kansas Medical Center’s Departments of Molecular and Cellular Physiology and of Pharmacology, Toxicology, and Therapeutics. He is acclaimed internationally for his research contributions in defining the pharmacological and biochemical properties of neurotransmitter receptors, especially those for GABA. Dr. Enna’s research is described in 200+ published research reports, reviews, and book chapters.

Stata Norton, Emeritus Professor at the University of Kansas Medical Center’s Department of Pharmacology, Toxicology, and Therapeutics has published extensively on the behavioral effects of drugs and toxic substances.

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