Category Archives: Depression

Parsley Polyphenols for Anxiety

Parsley (Petroselinum sativum) is a common spice in cooking. The plant belongs to the Apiaceae (Umbellifer) family of plants and is therefore a relative of the carrot and parsnip. The plant is believed to have originated in the mediteranean area, … Continue reading

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The Neurobiology of Anxiety

Fear is a normal biological response that is programmed into all animals and humans. In some animals and humans the circuitry for the fear reaction is more heightened than others, and conditioning can be used to remove or decrease the … Continue reading

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Is Drinking Water Protective of Depression and Anxiety?

Evidence suggests that a poor diet and an unhealthy lifestyle is associated with the development of mood disorders. Researchers have observed a number of dietary factors that can significantly improve mood and some of these are easy and cheap to … Continue reading

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Ocimum Plants and Anxiety

Ocimum plants are a group of plants, many of which are considered to possess medicinal value. In particular, Ocimum plants have been shown to possess antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, immunomodulatory, memory enhancing and anti-diabetic effects. Ocimum bascilicum is commonly called basil, … Continue reading

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Ultra-Processed Foods and Depression

Ultra-processed foods are those formulations of ingredients, mostly for industrial use only, derived from a series of industrial processes. Foods that are considered ultra-processed foods include frozen dishes, soft and sweetened drinked, distilled alcoholic beverages, frankfurter sausages, savoury snacks and … Continue reading

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Piper methystucium as an Antidepressant

Piper mythysticum is commonly called kava. The roots of the kava plant are thought to confer significant anxiolytic effects on humans and animals. The effects of kava are thought to be conferred through the activity of kavalactones acting on the … Continue reading

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Salvadora persica (miswak) as an Anxiolytic

Salvadora persica is commonly called miswak or the mustard tree. The plant contains a range of phytochemicals that may contribute to its medicinal effects. Experimental models using animals suggest that miswak may have mood elevating effects. For example, in one … Continue reading

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Salvadora persica Against Depression

Salvadora persica (miswak) is commonly called the mustard tree or toothbrush tree (on account of the twigs of the tree being used traditionally to clean the teeth). Phytochemicals within miswak include alkaloids, flavonoids and plant steroids, which may confer medicinal … Continue reading

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Nutmeg (Myristica fragrans): Phytochemistry

Nutmeg (Myristica fragrans) contains an essential oil that may confer health benefits to those who consume the plant. Consumption of the dried seed of nutmeg is common throughout the world, and consuming this dry seed provides considerable amounts of the … Continue reading

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Myristica fragrans (Nutmeg): Antidepressant

Myristica fragrans is a commonly consumed spice more colloquially known as nutmeg. Evidence suggests that nutmeg can affect the central nervous system through the serotonin and GABA systems and in this way may affect mood. Researchers have investigated the effects … Continue reading

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