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Cognitive enhancers derived from edible crops

Chapman, Natalie; Fisk, Ian

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Natalie Chapman


The concept of an effective cognitive boosting nootropic supplement is gaining traction with consumers, neuroscientists and regulators alike and it is therefore unsurprising that scientifically validated Nootropics are highly prized. New research demonstrates edible crops could be useful sources to mine for new nootropics; plant extracts enriched with an array of cognitive enhancing metabolites. There is merit in investigating these plant species. Metadata has identifies consuming specific fruit and vegetables positively affects cognitive function; therefore these same edible crop plants present as opportunities for developing nootropic formulations. This hypothesis is supported by positive data obtained through clinical testing [e.g. extracts of tomato (Solanum lycopersicum), herbs from the Genus Salvia, cocoa (Theobroma), tea (Camellia sinensisor) and coffee (Coffea Arabica). This review will discuss clinically tested cognitive enhancers derived from edible crop species and discuss their use alongside other classes of nootropics.


Chapman, N., & Fisk, I. (2020). Cognitive enhancers derived from edible crops. Journal of Nutrition and Health Sciences, 7(1),

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Mar 21, 2020
Online Publication Date Jun 18, 2020
Publication Date Jun 18, 2020
Deposit Date Apr 28, 2020
Publicly Available Date Apr 29, 2020
Journal Journal of Nutrition and Health Sciences
Publisher Annex Publishers
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 7
Issue 1
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