Fernandina Beach Peppermint Comes to the Aid of Cognition & Appetite Regulation!

Peppermint candy canes...what lovely childhood memories they bring! Amazingly, peppermint is being found today to in fact benefit memory and cognition (as well as appetite control). The scent of peppermint pervades holiday décor, stockings, cocoa, and more! Amelia Chiropractic Clinic hopes for a peppermint-filled holiday for our Fernandina Beach chiropractic patients that will make their journey to Fernandina Beach back pain relief and neck pain relief more pleasant!


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 possibly just such treatments. Essential oils are taken from nature’s herbs of which there are many sources that have low toxicity. Researchers suggest that these act by lowering the neurotoxicity of amyloid beta (Aβ), anti-oxidative stress, controlling the cholinergic (acetylcholine processing in the nervous system) system, and enhancing neuroinflammation involving microglia (brain and spinal cord immune cells). (1) In a lab experiment with mice, researchers tested how smelling peppermint essential oil improved learning and memory ability as evidenced by hippocampal CA1 region neurons returning to normal and Aβ deposition decreasing among other changes that may improve cognitive function in Alzheimer’s disease. This study also shared a new term – metabolomics - which is the study of chemical processes encompassing metabolites (small molecules). In this study, such metabolites involved were arginine, proline, inositol phosphate, cysteine, and methionine. (2). We at Amelia Chiropractic Clinic found these quite fascinating!


Much like cognition and memory are linked to the brain, so too is appetite. Diseases like obesity, diabetes, anorexia, bulimia nervosa are a few diseases linked to appetite dysregulation. A review of published studies, many of which were mice studies, regarding essential oils or fragrant compounds that were said to control food intake and energy. Their findings: 11 essential oils and 22 fragrant compounds increased appetite; 12 essential oils and 7 fragrant compounds shrank appetite. How? Several processes involving the sympathetic/parasympathetic nerves, leptin protein hormones, and more. They also stated that fragrance memory and cognitive processes may also contribute to appetite regulation. Nonetheless, they uncovered hope for appetite regulation and eating disorders control using essential oils and fragrant compounds. (3) (We all realize that being a bit overweight isn’t good for us, especially not for those of us with Fernandina Beach back pain even though Amelia Chiropractic Clinic is quite good at managing that!) Amelia Chiropractic Clinic would think our Fernandina Beach chiropractic patients may be more inclined to enjoy peppermint throughout this year’s 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 many other conditions like inflammation, back surgery, etc. He mentions the beneficial role chiropractic has in healthcare and back pain management. Dr. Kachmann has presented at conferences on The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management.

Schedule your Fernandina Beach chiropractic appointment now. Share a peppermint candy cane with us at your next visit!

Peppermint for Fernandina Beach Cognition & Appetite Regulation! 
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