Category Archives: Mood

Arnica montana as an Anxiolytic

Arnica is a group of plants that belong to the Asteraceae family of flowering plants. Arnica montana, one plant in this group has been researched for its anti-inflammatory effects. In this regard Arnica montana has been evidenced to be effective … Continue reading

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β-Caryophyllene as an Anxiolytic

β-Caryophyllene is a sesquiterpene found naturally in plants. β-Caryophyllene is considered a dietary cannabinoid because it can activate the CB2 receptor and cause metabolic changes to brain chemistry. β-Caryophyllene has been researched for its ability to affect anxiety in animal … Continue reading

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Stress and Fasting

Fasting is known to cause significant hormonal and neuronal changes. These changes are thought to be responsible for some of the health effects of fasting. Fasting can change brain chemistry through a number of mechanisms and one mechanism might be … Continue reading

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Intermittent Fasting: Improved Mood?

Intermittent fasting is the use of repeated cycles of fasting, whereby food is eliminated for varying lengths of time. One of the metabolic consequences of this is a significant reduction in inflammatory pathways. It has been speculated that this reduction … Continue reading

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Is fasting Neuroprotective?

A number of therapeutic effects of energy restriction and fasting have been identified and these relate to a wide range of conditions, including mood disorders. The underlying mechanism for this appears to be a reduction in immune system activation and … Continue reading

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Insulin Resistance and Depression

Insulin resistance causes widespread metabolic changes that lead to significant disease development, including mood disorders. Insulin resistance is an underlying factor in the development of diabetes and it is known that diabetic individuals are at a higher risk of developing … Continue reading

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Mood Elevation from Fasting?

Deliberate avoidance of food for prolonged periods are common throughout the world for health and religious reasons. Studies have investigated the effects of fasting on healthy humans and shown that there are certain health benefits to many types of fasting. … Continue reading

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Ketosis: Mood Elevating Effects?

A ketogenic diet is one that eliminates food sources of carbohydrate, forcing the body to adapt to the changes by producing ketones. When ketone production is accelerated a state of ketosis exists, and the purpose of ketones are to facilitate … Continue reading

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Cortisol and The Metabolic Syndrome

The metabolic syndrome is a complex disorder characterised by insulin resistance. A number of physical and mental changes are known to occur with development of the disorder including obesity, mood depression, lethargy, cardiovascular deterioration and overeating. One association that has … Continue reading

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Magnolia and Phellodendron: Anti-Stress Herbs

Magnolia (Magnolia officinalis) bark contains an active ingredient called honokiol which may possess anxiolytic effects. Phellodendron (Phellodendron amurense) bark contains another phytochemical called berberine that may also possess anxiolytic effects. Researchers have investigated the effects of magnolia and phellodendron for … Continue reading

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