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Tuesday 8 January 2019

Five for your body: supplements for depression

Mainstream antidepressants still have numerous side effects, including affecting driving abilities, a dry mouth, constipation and sexual dysfunction. But even aggressive behaviour and suicidal tendencies are reported. Furthermore, over time some patients no longer respond to antidepressants. This ‘Five for your body’ article shows that there is another way.   Crocus sativus Several double-blind clinical studies involving people with mild to moderate depression...

Friday 4 January 2019

Vitamin D deficiency in the mother linked to schizophrenia in the child

Australian and Danish research has revealed that new-born babies with a vitamin D deficiency are at an increased risk of schizophrenia later in life. In some cases, vitamin D supplementation can help prevent the development of this brain disease.    Vitamin D is not only important for healthy bones, but as a neurosteroid also plays an important role in the growing and adult brain. Its role includes stimulating and protecting nerves and it can change neurotransmission and...

Friday 7 December 2018

Diet and depression

One in seven people will experience depression at some point in their lifetime. Researchers at the James Cook University in Australia researched the effects of fish or fast food on depression and found a clear correlation. One in seven people will experience depression at some point in their lifetime. Depression appears to be linked to certain dietary habits, but is also associated with social and environmental factors, making this a complex area of research. Study...

Wednesday 21 November 2018

Probiotics may help beat colds

Our health is largely determined by healthy, balanced gut flora. A study has revealed that probiotics improve the gut flora and can also help people catch fewer winter colds.  It has been known for some time that probiotics have a whole host of beneficial effects on our health. Probiotics help with the digestive process, reduce (food) allergies and intolerances and improve the cellular and humoral immune response. [1]  And it turns out that probiotics also help reduce...