Acute effects of an Avena Sativa herb extract on responses to the stroop color-word test

Berry, Narelle M. and Robinson, Matthew J. and Bryan, Janet and Buckley, Jonathan D. and Murphy, Karen J. and Howe, Peter R. C. (2011) Acute effects of an Avena Sativa herb extract on responses to the stroop color-word test. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 17 (7). pp. 635-637. ISSN 1075-5535


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 2400mg) 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 1600mg 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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Uncontrolled Keywords: Drug Literature Index; Neurology and Neurosurgery;
Fields of Research (2008): 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1104 Complementary and Alternative Medicine > 110499 Complementary and Alternative Medicine not elsewhere classified
Fields of Research (2020): 42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4208 Traditional, complementary and integrative medicine > 420899 Traditional, complementary and integrative medicine not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
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