depression

Supplements to help with depression

by Dr. Marita Schauch, BSc, ND I’ve taken some time this month to explore depression, given how Seasonal Effective Disorder (SAD) tends to run rampant at this time of winter. I’m a firm believer in people feeling empowered around their health care, and don’t...

Folic acid levels linked to depression

Researchers have always known that B-vitamins play a critical role in mood, but now a study has definitively connected folic acid levels with depression. Researchers at Harvard Medical School in Boston have said that low folic acid (folate) levels are associated with...

Vitamin D and the Sun: Dermatology association provides guidelines

There has been some confusion about the amount of sun exposure required to maintain healthy levels of vitamin D, according to the Canadian Dermatology Association. "People are hearing many different recommendations, some of which can be misleading," says Dr Cheryl...

Outrun the Blues! Regular exercise cuts depression symptoms by half

Jumping on that treadmill or bike is not only good for one’s health, but also can help significantly reduce depression, say researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center. The first study to look at exercise alone in treating mild to moderate depression in adults aged...

Does winter make you SAD? Try more D

With another long winter upon us, it’s essential to make sure you’re getting enough vitamin D in order to prevent seasonal affective disorder (SAD). SAD can result in anxiety and depression, increased carbohydrate cravings, sleep problems and fatigue. Our main source...

SAMe successful in depression study

SAMe (S-Adenosylmethionine) is gaining a reputation in North America as a safe, reliable treatment for depression, especially since new research shows it can be successfully combined with traditional antidepressant medications. SAMe is produced in the body from the...

SAMe Solution? Supplement aids depression in combination with drugs

Researchers have found that adding the nutritional supplement SAMe to a standard antidepressant may be helpful to patients who have not responded to single-drug treatment for clinical depression. The pilot study found that treatment with both SAMe and an...

Smart Fats: brain food for all ages

The human brain is mostly fat, and good fat at that! To develop, grow and protect itself properly, the brain relies on us to give it a steady supply of this good fat, which cannot be made by the body but must come through the diet. However, most of us don’t give our...

SAMe effective as drug for arthritis

SAMe (S-adenosylmethionine) is a natural compound produced by the body from amino acids. It is found in most body tissues and is linked to folic acid and vitamin B-12. Deficiencies of either of these nutrients may also lead to lower levels of SAMe, which may worsen...