June 19, 2020 2 min read
Most people know that mid-afternoon feeling when you just can't seem to get your brain into gear. You try your best, you take a walk, you have a break and despite your best efforts, still struggle to kick the cognitive haze.
New research indicates that it might actually be more than a case of willpower and that our bio-chemistry has a large effect on our cognitive output. What a surprise!
Published in the journal NeuroImage, this study sought to better understand the role inflammation plays in cognitive performance . Dr. Ali Mazaheri, a senior author of this study, noted the following with regards to inflammation:
Participants in the study were intentionally inoculated with an inflaming vaccine before being asked to complete a series of tests. The challenges looked at executive control, alertness, and attention. Essentially, the study asked the question, what state of inflammation caused a decline in cognitive performance, if any?
Side note, did you know the anthocyanins in Ārepa have research supporting a reduction in anti-inflammatory markers?
The results were from a small sample group but raised some interesting points. Notably, the study claims...
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