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Richmond Peppermint Comes to the Aid of Cognition & Appetite Regulation!

Peppermint candy canes...don’t these just bring back holiday memories from youth?! Remarkably, peppermint is being found today to in fact be good for memory and cognition (as well as appetite control). The hint of peppermint fills holiday décor, stockings, cocoa, and more! Johnson Chiropractic wishes our Richmond chiropractic patients and their families a peppermint-filled holiday that will make their journey to Richmond back pain relief and neck pain relief more pleasant!

PEPPERMINT, BRAIN, COGNITION

Researchers and healthcare professionals taking care of Alzheimer's disease and cognitive impairment hope for effective, simple, safe-to-use-long-term treatments. Essential oils are potentially just such therapies. Essential oils are taken from nature’s herbs of which there are many sources low in toxicity. Researchers offer that these function by reducing the neurotoxicity of amyloid beta (Aβ), anti-oxidative stress, controlling the cholinergic (the part of the nervous system that processes acetylcholine) system, and improving neuroinflammation that involves microglia (brain and spinal cord immune cells). (1) In a lab experiment with mice, researchers tested how smelling peppermint essential oil improved the ability to learn as well as retain memory as evidenced by hippocampal CA1 region neurons reverting back to normal and Aβ deposition lowering among other changes that may improve cognitive function in Alzheimer’s disease. This study also shared a new term – metabolomics, the study of chemical processes involving metabolites (small molecules). In this study, such metabolites included arginine, proline, inositol phosphate, cysteine, and methionine. (2). We at Johnson Chiropractic found these quite fascinating!

PEPPERMINT, BRAIN, APPETITE

Much like cognition and memory are associated with the brain, appetite is, too. Issues like obesity, diabetes, anorexia, bulimia nervosa are a few diseases associated with appetite dysregulation. A review of published studies, many of which were mice studies, regarding essential oils or fragrant compounds that were said to control food intake and energy. Their findings: 11 essential oils and 22 fragrant compounds intenisified appetite; 12 essential oils and 7 fragrant compounds diminished appetite. How? Numerous processes engaging the sympathetic/parasympathetic nerves, leptin protein hormones, and more. They also stated that fragrance memory and cognitive processes may also contribute to appetite regulation. Nonetheless, they exposed hope for appetite regulation and eating disorders control using essential oils and fragrant compounds. (3) (We all realize that carrying extra weight around isn’t beneficial for us, particularly not for those of us with Richmond back pain even though Johnson Chiropractic is very good at managing that!) Johnson Chiropractic would think our Richmond 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 many other conditions like inflammation, back surgery, etc. He mentions the beneficial role chiropractic has in healthcare and back pain management. Dr. Kachmann has spoken at conferences on The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management.

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

 
Peppermint for Richmond Cognition & Appetite Regulation! 
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