Category Archives: Anxiety

Lithium: The Forgotten Mineral

Lithium is an essential trace element in human nutrition. In its role in human physiology, lithium interacts with a number of enzymes, and is known to be involved with the function of certain hormones and vitamins. The recommended dietary intake … Continue reading

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Magnesium In Mood Disorders

Magnesium is an essential mineral that has a wide range of physiological functions in humans and animals. Magnesium is a cofactor in roughly 300 enzymes and is pivotal in energy production. The intake of magnesium required for health is not … Continue reading

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Zinc As An Anxiolytic Agent

Evidence suggests that zinc supplements have anxiolytic effects. This may stem from the observation that zinc deficient diets are a cause of behaviour that may be described as anxious. Animal experiments have shown that in both rats and mice, anxious … Continue reading

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Zinc As An Antidepressant

Evidence suggests that a zinc deficiency is associated with depressive symptoms in animals and humans. Studies have investigated whether a low zinc intake is a cause of depression, or that low blood levels of zinc are a consequence of depression. … Continue reading

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Chromium Picolinate in the Treatment of Depression

Evidence suggests that there is a link between improvements in insulin sensitivity and reductions in depression. This explains the clinical usefulness of chromium as an antidepressant, as dietary chromium is known to be required for the correct function of the … Continue reading

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Omega-3 Fatty Acids as Anti-Inflammatory Psychotropic Agents

Omega-3 fatty acids share a common mechanism of action with many current pharmacological psychotropic agents that are used to treat depression. In this regard, omega-3 fatty acids can be thought of as anti-inflammatory psychotropic agents. This means that they can … Continue reading

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Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Mechanisms of Brain Protection

Omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to have therapeutic effects in animals and humans. This effect is most pronounced where an omega-3 fatty acid deficiency exists. Omega-3 fatty acids have a number of effects on brain chemistry, but the exact … Continue reading

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Omega-3 Fatty Acid Deficiency: Mood Disorders

The omega-3 fatty acid alpha linolenic acid (ALA, C18:3 (n-3)) is an essential fatty acid required by human for health. Alpha linolenic acid is metabolised to a number of hormone like substances called eicosanoids, and these have a wide range … Continue reading

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Omega-3 Fatty Acids To Treat Mood Disorders?

Evidence suggests that omega-3 fatty acids are required for correct brain function. A deficiency of the omega-3 fatty acids, particularly alpha linolenic acid (ALA, C18:3 (n-3) and its metabolites eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA, C20:5 (n-3)) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA, C20:6 (n-3)), … Continue reading

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Fish Oils Benefit Mental Health

Fish oils contain two fatty acids that are important to human health, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA, C20:5 (n-3)) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA, C20:6 (n-3)). Neither of these fatty acids are essential, but evidence shows that their addition to the diet provides … Continue reading

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