Category Archives: Mood

Zinc Deficiency: Anxiety?

Zinc is an essential trace mineral that is required for a number of functions in humans and animals. Evidence suggests that zinc has a significant effect in the brain and may be required for normal mental function. Researchers have assessed … Continue reading

Posted in Anxiety, Depression, Mood, Zinc | Comments Off on Zinc Deficiency: Anxiety?

Polyphenols Protect from Neuroinflammation

Polyphenols are a large group of phytochemicals that may have biological effects in animals and plants. One group of polyphenols, the flavonoids, have been extensively investigated for their mood elevating effects. There are substantial structural differences between the various polyphenol … Continue reading

Posted in Anxiety, Apigenin, Depression, Flavones, Flavonoids, Mood, Polyphenols | Comments Off on Polyphenols Protect from Neuroinflammation

Resveratrol as a PPAR Ligand: Mood Stabiliser

Resveratrol is a polyphenol present in the skin of red grapes. As a result one of the best dietary sources of resveratrol is red wine. Other food sources of resveratrol include pomegranate and nuts. Resveratrol has been evidenced to exert … Continue reading

Posted in Anxiety, Depression, Mood, Resveratrol | Comments Off on Resveratrol as a PPAR Ligand: Mood Stabiliser

The PPA Axis and Neuroinflammation: Polyphenols

Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor (PPAR) is a ligand activated transcription factor present in brain (and other) tissue. The PPAR can modulate neuroinflammation by regulation of the steroid hormone allopregnanolone, which can have a subsequent and significant anti-inflammatory effect. The anti-inflammatory effects … Continue reading

Posted in Anxiety, Depression, Mood, Polyphenols | Comments Off on The PPA Axis and Neuroinflammation: Polyphenols

Lamiophlomis rotata (Kudo): Anxiolytic Herb?

Lamiophlomis rotata is a Tibetan herb that is sometimes commonly called Kudo. The herb is traditionally used to treat pain which suggests that it may have activity on the central nervous system. The active ingredients in Lamiophlomis rotata are iridoid … Continue reading

Posted in Anxiety, Depression, Lamiophlomis rotata (Kudo), Mood | Comments Off on Lamiophlomis rotata (Kudo): Anxiolytic Herb?

Borage as a Treatment for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Borage (Borago offininalis) also called starflower, is a plant that belongs to the Boraginaceae family of plants. Borage has been shown to have a number of health effects in humans and animals, and may have potential as a treatment for … Continue reading

Posted in Anxiety, Borage (Echium amoenum), Mood | Comments Off on Borage as a Treatment for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

The Association Between Zinc Intake and Depression

A number of studies have demonstrated that zinc supplements are effective at treating mood disorders. This may suggest that a zinc deficient state is one of the possible causes of low mood. This may relate to the fact that zinc … Continue reading

Posted in Anxiety, Depression, Mood, Zinc | Comments Off on The Association Between Zinc Intake and Depression

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: The Oxidative Stress Hypothesis

One hypothesis suggests that the development of post traumatic stress disorder is due to the presence of chronic stress. This stress likely causes high levels of circulating stress hormones and the development of inflammation. It has been suggested that the … Continue reading

Posted in Antioxidant, Anxiety, Depression, Mood | Comments Off on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: The Oxidative Stress Hypothesis

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Antioxidants

Obsessive compulsive disorder is a form of anxiety. The aetiology of obsessive compulsive disorder is not fully understood, but it is clear that it shares similarities with that of anxiety. In fact, obsessive compulsive disorder may be anxiety, and the … Continue reading

Posted in Anxiety, Depression, Mood | Comments Off on Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Antioxidants

Valerenic acid: Anxiolytic Phytochemical?

Valerenic acid is a phytochemical found in the root of the valerian plant (Valeriana officianalis). Valerian is a popular and traditional treatment for anxiety, and valerenic acid may be the phytochemical (or one of them) responsible for this. Experiments using … Continue reading

Posted in Anxiety, Depression, Mood, Valerian | Comments Off on Valerenic acid: Anxiolytic Phytochemical?