Category Archives: Anxiety

Metabolic Syndrome and Depression

Depression in humans and animals is associated with significant metabolic changes including increased oxidative stress, inflammation and the release of stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline. Such metabolic changes are commonly found together in sufferers of metabolic syndrome, a … Continue reading

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Acetyl-L-Carnitine to Treat Depression in the Elderly

Acetyl-L-carnitine may be a useful treatment for mood disorders including depression. The exact reason for this is not known but it is thought that the nutrient acts to stabilise brain function by conferring neuroprotection from the disruptive influence of chronic … Continue reading

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Acetyl-L-Carnitine Against Depression

Acetyl-L-carnitine is a derivative of the nutrient factor L-carnitine. Evidence suggests that acetyl-L-carnitine is able to significantly affect brain behaviour through changes in energy metabolism and its neuroprotective effects. In one double-blind placebo controlled trial involving human subjects, researchers administered … Continue reading

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Acetyl-L-Carnitine To Treat Anxiety

Acetyl-L-carnitine is a derivative of the nutrient L-carnitine. L-Carnitine is synthesised by animals and is found mainly in muscle tissue. Acetyl-L-carnitine has been shown to possess specific effects on the brain because it may improve brain energy metabolism and may … Continue reading

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Gamma-Oryzanol for Anxiety?

Gamma-oryzanol (γ-oryzonol) is a compound found in foods including brown rice. Gamma-oryzanol is actually a mixture of compounds including ferulic acid esters and phytosterols, and consumption of gamma-oryzanol may have beneficial effects that result from antioxidant, antiulcerogenic, antineoplastic, antidiabetic, and … Continue reading

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Low Fat Diets and Mood

It is known that the dietary fat content of the diet can significantly affect the formation of certain hormones and may play a significant role in the mental state of the individual. A number of studies have assessed the effects … Continue reading

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Coenzyme Q10 for Mood Disorders?

Mood disorders have been shown to benefit from supplementation with antioxidants. This may be one reason that certain herbs are beneficial at reducing anxiety and depression and improving mood. Evidence suggests that a number of supplements that are considered antioxidants … Continue reading

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Herbs: How Do They Modulate Cortisol?

Cortisol is one of the hormones released by humans following exposure to environmental conditions that are perceived as a threat to survival. Cortisol is therefore a stress hormone, and it plays an important role in adaptation to external threats. Chronic … Continue reading

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Ginkgo Biloba: Reduces Cortisol Levels?

Ginkgo biloba is a herbal supplement that has a long history as a medicinal herb. Ginkgo biloba has a number of properties that include significant effects on the brain which include memory enhancing and mood elevating effects. Ginkgo biloba may … Continue reading

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Ashwagandha as an Anti-Stress Herb

Evidence suggests that ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) is an adaptogenic herb. It therefore has properties that prevent deviations from homeostasis in animals and humans. One area that it may help maintain homeostatic control is with the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis. This axis is … Continue reading

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