Category Archives: Depression

Dehydration and Mood

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Stimulation of New Brain Cells by Polyphenols

It has been evidenced that at least two parts of the brain are able to generate new neurones (neurogenesis). These areas are the the subventricular zone and the dentate gyrus of the hippocampus. Factors that can inhibit this process include … Continue reading

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Green Tea as An Antidepressant

Tea (Camellia sinensis) is the most commonly drunk beverage in the world following water. Evidence suggests that tea has particular health effects and these may stem from the polyphenolic antioxidants contained within tea leaves. The most abundant polyphenols in tea … Continue reading

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Iron In Mood Disorders

Iron is an essential element required for neurotransmitter synthesis and cell function. Iron is important in the oxygenation of cells , and plays role in oxygenation of the brain, enzymes and neurotransmitters. Proper iron status is therefore pivotal to correct … Continue reading

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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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