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Articles May 2011 Issue

“Mental Energy”-Boosting Claims Put to the Test

Can foods, beverages or dietary supplements really increase your “mental energy”? Scientists at the Life Sciences Research Organization (LSRO) recently reported the results of a review of the scientific evidence for such claims regarding ginkgo biloba, ginseng, glucose and omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids. They defined “mental energy” as consisting of mood (transient feelings about the presence of fatigue or energy), motivation (determination and enthusiasm) and cognition (sustained attention and vigilance)

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