Category Archives: Mood

Chromium As An Antidepressant

Chromium is an essential trace mineral that is required for the correct function of the insulin system. As insulin has such wide ranging effects on cells and tissues, a chromium deficiency can significantly affect metabolic regulation in a number of … Continue reading

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The Association Between Zinc and Depression

Mood disorders such as depression are difficult to treat, and this may relate to depression being caused, or at least contributed to, by a number of different factors. Certainly there is evidence that mineral deficiencies of various types can increase … Continue reading

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Magnesium for Mood?

It has been suggested that a low intake of magnesium results in the opening of  N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) coupled calcium channels. The unbalanced opening of these channels may cause neuronal injury and this could lead to disease. One possibility is that … Continue reading

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Iron Status and Mood

Mood disorders are highly complex and in many cases it is not clear what the cause of the disturbance is. However, in many cases the causes of mood disorders can relate to imbalances in the intake of essential nutrients. Iron … Continue reading

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Selenium Supplements and Mood in the Elderly

A selenium deficient diet is known to increase the risk of mood disorders including anxiety and depression. A high selenium diet or selenium supplements can reverse a selenium deficiency and also improve mood. A number of studies have investigated the … Continue reading

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Selenium and Depression: The Alcohol Connection

Selenium is a trace mineral required for human health. The selenium content of the blood varies around the world depending on the selenium content of the soil. Evidence suggests that low intakes of selenium are a cause of mood disorders, … Continue reading

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More On Iron and Mood

Iron is an essential trace mineral required for a number of functions. Most notably, iron is involved in the transport of oxygen and the synthesis of neurotransmitters. These two functions suggest that a deficiency of iron could affect energy levels … Continue reading

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Magnesium and Vitamin B6 to Treat Mild Anxiety?

Studies have observed that magnesium deficiency may be a causative factor in the development of mood disorders, particularly anxiety. One of the main mechanisms by which magnesium may benefit anxiety is through its ability to counter neuromuscular excitability. Vitamin B6 … Continue reading

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How To Find Your Own Anxiolytic Herbs

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