Health Guide, herbal practitioner and Pukka strategist Simon Mills on how everyday plants including cocoa and turmeric could help health problems associated with inflammation…
Ground-breaking new research suggests that inflammation could be a key contributor to depression, dementia and other pressing mental health problems.
For example, Cambridge University Professor of Psychiatry Dr Edward Bullmore’s recent award-winning book Inflamed Mind links depression and inflammation of the body and brain, suggesting that the immune system is crucial to how mental health problems manifest.
If this is the case rather than simply consuming daily anti-inflammatory drugs, we could look to how plants commonly found in our diet including herbal teas, supplements and herbal medicines might provide simpler, safer and surer solutions.
The health benefits of plants such as cocoa, turmeric, saffron, ginkgo and green tea in helping to reduce cognitive decline in old age have been supported in the latest research (see here).
At the College of Medicine’s Second Plant Medicine conference, which takes place on 21st June, I’ll summarise extensive scientific research that shows how long term health problems, including dementia and depression can be caused by immune mechanisms, and examine how regular consumption of some plants could reduce this ‘neuroinflammation’.
Conference attendees will have access to this literature and many leads to further research.
It will be nice to hear that eating chocolate, curries and green tea could fend off old age!
The Second Plant Conference takes place in London on Thursday June 21st: for last-minute tickets and more information on the programme, click here.