mood

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

Outrun the Blues! Regular exercise cuts depression symptoms by half 2015-09-09T13:49:28+00:00

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

Does winter make you SAD? Try more D 2015-09-09T13:49:30+00:00

Ginkgo gives seniors energy boost

At the University of Surrey in England, researchers found that a Ginkgo biloba extract could improve mood and activity levels of independent seniors. Participants first underwent a four-month treatment with either ginkgo extract or a placebo capsule. Then in a second six-month trial, 1,570 volunteers continued treatment in one of four groups: some who received [...]

Ginkgo gives seniors energy boost 2018-02-15T15:53:03+00:00

Omega-3s improve mood disorder

Bipolar disorder (BPD) causes extreme shifts in mood, energy and ability to function, both mentally and physically. Most cases require long-term treatment using medication and therapy. Investigation is underway to see what nutritional factors influence BPD. One such factor is omega-3 fatty acids, known for optimizing brain health because they are components of brain cell [...]

Omega-3s improve mood disorder 2018-02-15T15:53:04+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? 2018-02-15T15:53:36+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

Poor memory? Remember to try bacopa!

Practitioners of Ayurvedic medicine, a traditional healing therapy from India, have long used the herb bacopa (sometimes called brahmi) to enhance memory and mood. It is also used to help ease epilepsy and insomnia, and as a mild sedative. A number of years ago, bacopa was tested on animals with great success. More recently, human [...]

Poor memory? Remember to try bacopa! 2015-09-09T13:52:18+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

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