Category Archives: Depression

Sugar Withdrawal and Anxiety

It has been established that high sugar diets may be a cause of mental deterioration. In particular, dietary sugar is a cause of insulin resistance and inflammation, both of which may contribute to detrimental changes in brain neurochemistry. For example, … Continue reading

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Are Energy Drinks a Cause of Mood Disorders?

Energy drinks are associated with a number of health problems. Most notably, energy drinks are associated with insulin resistance, weight gain and obesity. The detrimental health effects of energy drinks relate to the high sugar content in the diets of … Continue reading

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Mangiferin and Morin

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Red Wine and Anxiety

Resveratrol is a polyphenolic substance found in large amounts in red wine. Resveratrol is associated with a number of health effects and this has been linked to its antioxidant effects. As antioxidants are protective of mood disorders, it has been … Continue reading

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Flavonoids as Anxiolytic Agents

Post traumatic stress disorder is a form of anxiety. The definition of the disorder is rather wide, but in general the sufferer exhibits a low mood as a direct result of being involved in a significantly stressful event in their … Continue reading

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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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