Wild green oat extract may improve mental function in elderly

Wild green oat extract may improve mental function in elderly

An oat herb extract may improve attention and concentration and the ability to maintain task focus in older adults.

From the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA):

This study reported improvement in a mental-function test among elderly volunteers taking a single 1600 mg dose of a Frutarom wild green oat extract (Neuravena®) relative to placebo and the 2400-mg-dose group in a double-blind, randomized, crossover comparison study.

Wild Green Oat Extract Shows Effect in Elderly Cognition, rom the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine:

Abstract

Background and aims: Extracts from oat (Avena sativa) herb may benefit cognitive performance. This study investigated whether Neuravena®, an oat herb extract, could acutely improve responses to the Stroop Color-Word test, a measure of attention and concentration and the ability to maintain task focus.

Subjects and methods: Elderly volunteers with below-average cognitive performance consumed single doses (0, 1600, and 2400 mg) of oat herb extract at weekly intervals in a double-blind, randomized, crossover comparison. Resting blood pressure (BP) was assessed before and after supplementation, and a Stroop test was performed.

Results: Significantly fewer errors were made during the color-naming component of the Stroop test after consuming the 1600-mg dose than after the 0-mg or 2400-mg doses (F (1,36)=18.85, p<0.001). In 7 subjects with suspected cognitive impairment, Stroop interference score was also improved by the 1600-mg dose compared to 0- and 2400-mg doses (F (1, 34)=2.40, p<0.01). Resting BP was unaffected by supplementation.

Conclusions: Taking 1600 mg of oat herb extract may acutely improve attention and concentration and the ability to maintain task focus in older adults with differing levels of cognitive status.

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