Herbal Catnip (Nepeta cataria) may process a significant effect in improving memory, some scientists suggested.
Memory is the faculty in which information is stored and processed.
About 90% of all the brain’s neurons are located in the cerebral cortex, mainly in the "grey matter", including the prefrontal cortex, which plays an important role in processing short-term memories and retaining longer term memories.
The herb has been used in herbal medicine as an insect repellant and to treat digestive disorders, children restlessness and nervousness, fevers, cold and flu, skin irritation stimulates sweating, promote menstruation, etc..
In the aim to reaffirm the statement that plants and vegetables with antioxidant activity can reduce oxidative damages in the brain and improve cognitive functions, researchers at the Qom University of Medical Sciences conducted an examination of the effects of Nepeta (Catnip) menthoides aqueous extract on memory retention and retrieval of mice by using passive avoidance apparatus.
The best response to memory retention and retrieval was achieved by a dose of 800 mg kg(-1) of Nepeta extract,
Further analysis suggested that the effects of Nepeta extract, in enhancing memory were attributed to the antioxidant activity of its components such as rosmarinic acid, caffeic acid, and phenolic acids.
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(2) Effects of Nepeta menthoides aqueous extract on retention and retrieval of memory in mice by Sarahroodi S, Jafari-Najafi R, Nasri S, Rohampour K, Maleki-Jamshid A, Esmaeili S.(PubMed)
(3) Studies on Therapeutic Potential of Essential Oils of Nepeta Cataria in Treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease by Satish S. (Asian Journal of Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Science)