The Spring Seminar in our Continuing Professional Development Seminar Series is on Saturday, 25 March, entitled "Phytotherapy for Mind, Mood & Mentation" at the Clore Management Centre, Torrington Square, London.

The human brain needs a constant supply of an array of nutrients to function properly: Glucose, amino acids, fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals. Research on how nutrition affects the brain and its behaviour has grown enormously over the last five years because of new investigative tools, which can measure how subtle changes in diet can affect intelligence, memory and mood.

Essential nutrients are needed for healthy brain function, but there are also the thousands of non-essential nutrients from fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, grains and herbs that work alongside them. These are the phytochemicals, which contribute very significantly to the overall antioxidant protection, which brain cells need. These aspects will be discussed in the Seminar in the context both of nutrient imbalances in younger people, causing mood changes and other more serious conditions, and in older people, who often carry the additional burden of poor memory and mental performance. Cognition (or mentation) can be defined as the ability to use information to meet the challenges of daily living. Many of 'baby boomers', now facing retirement, are at risk of losing their independence and quality of life because of loss of mental function. But this could be prevented: Careful attention to diet along with judicious use of herbal medicine helps protect nerve cell functions which are involved in memory and cognition.

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Saturday, 25 March - Phytotherapy for Mind, Mood & Mentation