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Supplements to help with depression

By | February 25th, 2016|Featured Articles|

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 necessarily prescribe any one treatment for depression. Always go and talk [...]

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Folic acid levels linked to depression

By | August 13th, 2015|HNU Archive|

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 slower improvements of the medical treatment of depression. In this study, 110 outpatients [...]

Vitamin D and the Sun: Dermatology association provides guidelines

By | August 3rd, 2015|HNU Archive|

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 Rosen of the Canadian Dermatology Association. "These include claims by the tanning industry that the [...]

Outrun the Blues! Regular exercise cuts depression symptoms by half

By | July 28th, 2015|HNU Archive|

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 20 to 45 showed that depressive symptoms were reduced almost 50% [...]

Herb for Depression: Patients report better results with St John’s wort than with drug

By | July 25th, 2015|HNU Archive|

An extract from the herb St John's wort is at least as effective in treating depression as a commonly prescribed anti-depressant, according to new research published on, the website of the British Medical Journal. St John's wort and the anti-depressant drug Paroxetine were used in a trial to treat patients with moderate or severe [...]

Does winter make you SAD? Try more D

By | July 24th, 2015|HNU Archive|

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 of vitamin D is sunlight. When the skin is directly exposed to sunlight, a [...]

Depression Linked to Fats Ratio: Low omega-3, high omega-6 may be responsible

By | July 23rd, 2015|HNU Archive|

A group of researchers from Israel has discovered that rats exhibiting the signs of depression have increased levels of the omega-6 fatty acid, arachidonic acid, in their brains. There is also evidence that depression may be associated with a dietary deficiency in omega-3 fatty acids. This "phospholipid hypothesis" of depression has been supported by research [...]

SAMe successful in depression study

By | July 21st, 2015|HNU Archive|

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 essential amino acid methionine. Research from Harvard Medical School shows taking SAMe along with antidepressant medication may [...]

SAMe Solution? Supplement aids depression in combination with drugs

By | June 28th, 2015|HNU Archive|

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 antidepressant improved symptoms in half the study participants and produced complete relief of symptoms in 43% [...]

Smart Fats: brain food for all ages

By | June 27th, 2015|HNU Archive|

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 brains enough [...]