Baton Rouge Peppermint Comes to the Aid of Cognition & Appetite Regulation!

Peppermint candy canes...what lovely childhood memories they bring! Remarkably, peppermint is being shown in today’s research to actually be good for memory and cognition (as well as appetite control). The whiff of peppermint permeates holiday décor, stockings, cocoa, and more! Spine & Sports Rehab Center wishes our Baton Rouge chiropractic patients and their families a peppermint-filled holiday that will make their journey to Baton Rouge back pain relief and neck pain relief more pleasant!

PEPPERMINT, BRAIN, COGNITION

Researchers and healthcare professionals involved in the care of Alzheimer's disease and cognitive impairment welcome effective, simple, safe-to-use-long-term treatments. Essential oils are possibly just such therapies. Essential oils are taken from nature’s herbs of which there are many sources that have low toxicity. Researchers suggest that these work by lowering the neurotoxicity of amyloid beta (Aβ), anti-oxidative stress, controlling the cholinergic (acetylcholine processing in the nervous system) system, and boosting neuroinflammation that involves microglia (brain and spinal cord immune cells). (1) In a mice experiment, researchers tested how smelling peppermint essential oil enhanced learning and memory ability as seen in hippocampal CA1 region neurons going back to normal and Aβ deposition falling among other changes that may improve cognitive function in Alzheimer’s disease. This study also shared a new term – metabolomics - which is the study of chemical processes involving metabolites (small molecules). In this study, such metabolites involved were arginine, proline, inositol phosphate, cysteine, and methionine. (2). We at Spine & Sports Rehab Center found these quite interesting!

PEPPERMINT, BRAIN, APPETITE

Much like cognition and memory are linked to the brain, appetite is, too. Diseases like obesity, diabetes, anorexia, bulimia nervosa are a few issues associated with appetite dysregulation. An assessment of published studies, many of which were mice studies, concerning essential oils or fragrant compounds that were reported to influence food intake and energy. Their findings: 11 essential oils and 22 fragrant compounds amplified appetite; 12 essential oils and 7 fragrant compounds diminished appetite. How? Several processes involving the sympathetic/parasympathetic nerves, leptin protein hormones, and more. They added that fragrance memory and cognitive processes may also play a role in appetite regulation. Nonetheless, they uncovered hope for appetite regulation and eating disorders control employing essential oils and fragrant compounds. (3) (We all realize that being a bit overweight is not good for us, especially not for those of us with Baton Rouge back pain even though Spine & Sports Rehab Center is very good at managing that!) Spine & Sports Rehab Center would think our Baton Rouge chiropractic patients may be more motivated to enjoy peppermint throughout this year’s holiday season!

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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Rudy Kachmann, a neurosurgeon, on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he illustrates the connection between diabetes and back pain as well as a variety of other conditions like inflammation, back surgery, etc. He talks about the beneficial role chiropractic plays in healthcare and back pain care. Dr. Kachmann has presented at conferences on The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management.

Make your Baton Rouge chiropractic appointment soon. Share a peppermint candy cane with us at your next visit!

 
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