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Burlington and Hamilton Peppermint Comes to the Aid of Cognition & Appetite Regulation!

Peppermint candy canes...don’t these just bring back holiday memories from youth?! Amazingly, peppermint is being found today to in fact be good for memory and cognition (as well as appetite control). The whiff of peppermint permeates holiday décor, stockings, cocoa, and more! Spinal Care Clinic wishes our Burlington and Hamilton chiropractic patients and their families a peppermint-filled holiday that will make their journey to Burlington and Hamilton 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 extracted from nature’s herbs of which there are many sources low in toxicity. Researchers propose that these work by lowering the neurotoxicity of amyloid beta (Aβ), anti-oxidative stress, managing the cholinergic (acetylcholine processing in the nervous system) system, and improving neuroinflammation involving microglia (brain and spinal cord immune cells). (1) In a lab experiment with mice, researchers tested how smelling peppermint essential oil enhanced the ability to learn as well as retain memory as seen in hippocampal CA1 region neurons reverting back to normal and Aβ deposition falling among other changes that may enhance cognitive function in Alzheimer’s disease. This study also inserted a new term – metabolomics - which is the study of chemical processes encompassing metabolites (small molecules). In this study, such metabolites included arginine, proline, inositol phosphate, cysteine, and methionine. (2). We at Spinal Care Clinic found these quite fascinating!

PEPPERMINT, BRAIN, APPETITE

Much like cognition and memory are linked to the brain, appetite is, too. Issues like obesity, diabetes, anorexia, bulimia nervosa are a few issues linked to appetite dysregulation. A review of published studies, many of which were studies done with mice, concerning essential oils or fragrant compounds that were reported to influence food intake and energy. Their findings: 11 essential oils and 22 fragrant compounds amplified appetite; 12 essential oils and 7 fragrant compounds shrank appetite. How? Several processes involving the sympathetic/parasympathetic nerves, leptin protein hormones, and more. They added that fragrance memory and cognitive processes may also play a role in appetite regulation. Nonetheless, they uncovered hope for appetite regulation and eating disorders control using essential oils and fragrant compounds. (3) (We all realize that carrying extra weight around is not beneficial for us, particularly not for those of us with Burlington and Hamilton back pain even though Spinal Care Clinic is quite good at managing that!) Spinal Care Clinic would think our Burlington and Hamilton chiropractic patients may be more inclined to enjoy peppermint this 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 describes the connection between diabetes and back pain as well as a variety of other conditions like inflammation, back surgery, etc. He mentions the beneficial role chiropractic plays in healthcare and back pain care. Dr. Kachmann has presented at conferences on The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management.

Make your Burlington and Hamilton chiropractic appointment soon. Want to share a peppermint candy cane at your next appointment?!

 
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