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Nootropic Activity of Moringa oleifera Leaves

So if you think you are forgetting things, this may help you remember. "Nootropics belong to a class of psychotropicagents with selective facilitatory effect on the cognitive functions of CNS such as intellectual performance, learning and memory." It should come as no surprise to anyone that has experienced the mental clarity affects from consuming Moringa that they have discovered the physiological vehicle. Nice touch for the aging population.

M. Mohan, N. Kaul, A. Punekar, R. Girnar, P. Junnare, L. Patil.

Nootropic activity of Moringa oleifera leaves JOURNAL OF NATURAL REMEDIES Vol. 5/1 (2005) 59-62


Objective: To study the nootropic activity of leaves of Moringa oleifera.

Methods: Toluene–ethylacetate fraction of methanolic extract of Moringa oleifera (MOE) leaves was assessed for its nootropic activity using passive shock avoidance paradigm and elevated plus maze. MOE ( 50 and 100 mg/kg ) was compared with Piracetam (100 mg/kg ). Scopolamine (1 mg/kg) was used to induce cognitive dysfunction. The extract was also studied for its effect on gross behaviour.

Results: MOE (50 and 100 mg/kg ) significantly decreased Transfer Latency(TL) on Day 2. The extract reduced the latency to reach the SFZ and the number of mistakes. No adverse effects were observed upto a dose of 200 mg/kg.

Conclusion: Thus the leaves of Moringa oleifera possess a potential for exploring the nootropic principle.

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