depression

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 symptoms of depression, fibromyalgia and osteoarthritis (OA). Preliminary studies [...]

SAMe effective as drug for arthritis 2015-09-09T13:50:30+00:00

Help for Depression: B-vitamin shows promise

Research published in BMC Psychiatry shows that people suffering from depression respond better to treatment if they have high levels of vitamin B-12 in their blood. Researchers from the Kuopio University Hospital in Finland monitored 115 patients suffering from depression over a six-month period, and grouped them according to how well they responded to treatment: [...]

Help for Depression: B-vitamin shows promise 2015-09-09T13:51:12+00:00

Folic Acid Findings: B-vitamin may have role in depression

People with depression may spend a lifetime working through their illness but what they may not know is that because they have depression, they’ll need to maintain their nutritional health as well. The latest news from Tufts University researchers shows that folate, a B-vitamin also known as folic acid, has now been linked to depression. [...]

Folic Acid Findings: B-vitamin may have role in depression 2019-01-09T14:48:28+00:00

Avoiding Pregnancy Blues: Experts advise more omega-3

A woman’s risk for depression is higher during pregnancy, but this risk may be lowered by ensuring an adequate intake of omega-3 essential fatty acids, report researchers. Omega-3s are found in cold water fish, such as salmon and mackerel, as well as flax seeds. Omega-3 supplements are also available in health and nutrition stores. In [...]

Avoiding Pregnancy Blues: Experts advise more omega-3 2015-09-09T13:51:15+00:00

Can St John’s Wort Beat the Blues?

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has launched a four-year study to determine the safety and effectiveness of St John's wort, a common herbal supplement, and citalopram, a standard antidepressant, compared to placebo. A total of 300 participants with minor depression will be randomly assigned a standardized extract of St John's wort, citalopram, or placebo [...]

Can St John’s Wort Beat the Blues? 2019-01-09T14:48:31+00:00

Fatigued? Fight back with rhodiola

Throughout Europe and Asia, the plant Rhodiola rosea is well-known and used by practitioners of traditional medicine. Its name is becoming more recognized in North America because rhodiola is used to combat the effects of stress and fatigue. Since rhodiola is believed to stimulate the central nervous system, decrease depression and enhance work performance, researchers [...]

Fatigued? Fight back with rhodiola 2015-09-09T13:51:18+00:00

Fish Oils: Healthy hearts and minds!

The list of health conditions that can improve with essential fatty acid (EFA) supplementation is well over 60 and growing by the day as new research continues to uncover benefits. The omega-3 fatty acids eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), abundant in fish oils, are responsible for many of these health benefits and have [...]

Fish Oils: Healthy hearts and minds! 2015-09-09T13:51:19+00:00

B-12 supports mood, thinking in elderly

Vitamin B-12 is needed for normal nerve cell function, to combat fatigue and for the production of SAMe, a substance that helps regulate mood. B-12 is so important to our well being that researchers at the National Institute on Aging studied the relationship between B-12 deficiencies and depression in elderly women. In this study, 700 [...]

B-12 supports mood, thinking in elderly 2015-09-09T13:52:21+00:00

Omega-3 and the healthy, happy brain

Omega-3 fatty acids are important components of nerve and brain cell membranes and have been highly touted to benefit conditions such as depression, schizophrenia and attention deficit disorder (ADD). In a new study, researchers from the KIRC in Israel looked at how these beneficial fats might also help alleviate epileptic seizures. For this study, five [...]

Omega-3 and the healthy, happy brain 2015-09-09T13:52:21+00:00

St John’s wort works for mild depression

In Europe, St John’s wort is recognized as an effective antidepressant, while here in North America it is still viewed with a critical eye. This may change, however, as studies continue to prove its worth. In 2001, two studies provided conclusive evidence that St John’s wort was effective for mild depression—and unlike medications, it did [...]

St John’s wort works for mild depression 2015-09-09T13:52:23+00:00

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