Category Archives: Anxiety

Neuroprotective Effects of Olive Oil Terpenoids

Olive oil is a rich source of phytochemicals, many of which may confer beneficial health effects to humans. Nutritional studies initially concentrated on the fatty acid content of olive oil to explain its health effects, but more recently it has … Continue reading

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Diet and Lifestyle for Mental Health

Mood disorders have been shown to be more prevalent in those with poor diet and unhealthy lifestyles. In one study researchers tested a diet and lifestyle programme to see how it affected mood in the subjects. Subjects consumed plant based … Continue reading

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Inositol for Anxiety

Inositol is a nutrient that is classed as a dietary phenol. When consumed inositol is used for a number of purposes including the synthesis of phosphoinositides in cell membranes which help with cell communication and cell structure. Inositol is also … Continue reading

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Inositol as a Treatment for Anxiety and Depression

Inositol is a nutrient that is incorporated into cell membranes as part of the phosphoinositides. Phosphoinositides are involved in the communication of information across and within the cell membrane, and also function in cytoskeletal organisation and membrane dynamics, which suggests … Continue reading

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Exercise and Spirulina: Effects on Anxiety

Stress is a major cause of mood disorders including anxiety and depression. Effective lifestyle and nutritional strategies that can manage or reduce stress are therefore seen as being beneficial to the prevention or treatment of stress. Spirulina platensis is a … Continue reading

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Spirulina as an Anxiolytic

Spirulina platensis is a microscopic filamentous cyanobacterium which is commonly called a blue green algae. Spirulina can be dried and used as a food, and when it is consumed is a good source of certain nutrients. Around 50 to 70 … Continue reading

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Maca (Lepidium meyenii): Pharmacology Part 3

Maca (Lepidium meyenii) is a herb with significant medicinal properties. These properties stem from the phytochemicals contained within the plant tissues. Some of the phytochemicals contained within maca belong to the alkaloid subgroup of chemicals. The main alkaloids identified in … Continue reading

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Maca (Lepidium meyenii): Anxiolytic Herb

Lepidium meyenii is commonly called maca. The plant grows at high altitude in parts of South America, particularly the Junin plateau. Evidence supports a role for maca as an effective treatment for sexual dysfunction in men, and evidence also suggests … Continue reading

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Lithium as an Essential Mineral

In high doses lithium can be used as a drug to treat mental illness such as manic depression through its stabilising effects on mood. However, at high doses lithium can have serious negative effects and care should be taken when … Continue reading

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Alpha Lipoic Acid to Treat Depression?

Alpha lipoic acid is also called thioctic acid, and is formed endogenously in humans and animals. The role of alpha lipoic acid is as an antioxidant, where it takes part in the redox recycling that protects cells from oxidation. The … Continue reading

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