Category Archives: Mental Health

A cross-sectional study published in the Journal of Nutrition (2013 Sept 4; [Epub ahead of print]) looked at 1,746 adults between the ages of 30 and 65 years. Elevated depressive symptoms were found in just over 25% of the female subjects and around 18% of the male subjects. Elevated depressive symptoms were found to be […]

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SSRIs are “selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors” and SNRIs are “selective norepinepherine reuptake inhibitors”. These are antidepressant medications that work by affecting neurotransmitters. SSRIs and SNRIs slow down the body’s clearing away of the neurotransmitter—enabling it to do its work for a longer time. This has an effect on mood. The first SSRI was fluoxetine (sold […]

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Research appearing in the Journal of Physiology (Published online before print April 2, 2012, doi: 10.1113/jphysiol.2012.230078 May 1, 2012) looked at sugar consumption in rats and how it affected their ability to learn complex tasks. Scientists at UCLA conducted a five-day training session, teaching the rats how to navigate a complicated maze. After the training

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Research appearing in the Journal of Physiology (Published online before print April 2, 2012, doi: 10.1113/jphysiol.2012.230078 May 1, 2012) looked at sugar consumption in rats and how it affected their ability to learn complex tasks. Scientists at UCLA conducted a five-day training session, teaching the rats how to navigate a complicated maze. After the training

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We seem pretty clear on the idea that diet can prevent certain diseases, like heart disease and diabetes. Diet can also effect the brain. It can influence mood and cognition. A diet that is high in refined carbohydrates, for example, can create insulin insensitivity. Insulin insensitivity can make a person prone to mood swings or

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