Researchers eye N-acetylcysteine as a potential natural treatment for psychiatric conditions like depression and schizophrenia

N-acetylcysteine (NAC) is a supplement form of the amino acid cysteine. It plays an important role in your body’s detoxification process and helps mitigate the side effects of drugs and environmental toxins. In fact, it is commonly used to treat people who overdose on acetaminophen (Tylenol), which can cause acute liver toxicity when taken in large doses. … Continue reading Researchers eye N-acetylcysteine as a potential natural treatment for psychiatric conditions like depression and schizophrenia

High blood pressure and depression are tied to your gut health, research says

A recent study found that gut health is linked to high blood pressure and depression after identifying key differences in gut bacterial patterns among individuals with the conditions and healthy individuals. The preliminary study presented at the American Heart Association‘s Hypertension Scientific Sessions also found that high blood pressure might take different forms – one that is accompanied by depression and one … Continue reading High blood pressure and depression are tied to your gut health, research says

How depression and breast cancer are linked

Scientists have discovered that depression and breast cancer may be intricately linked. A 2017 study published in the prestigious British Medical Journal found that those who exhibit “psychological distress” are 32 percent more likely to die from cancer in general. Antidepressants may lead to breast cancer   The first connection has to do with pharmaceutical antidepressants. “Estrogen receptor (ER)-positive” breast … Continue reading How depression and breast cancer are linked

Beat depression by eating more fiber, vegetables

It’s pretty clear how your diet can impact your heart health and your weight, but did you know that it can be just as influential when it comes to mental health? While there are lots of interesting connections between food and mental health, one of the most useful in the wake of climbing depression rates … Continue reading Beat depression by eating more fiber, vegetables

Curcumin found to be one of the best natural ways to alleviate depression

Curcumin, the main active ingredient in turmeric (Curcuma longa), is the closest thing that people have to a silver bullet. Studies have shown that it can be used to treat a laundry list of diseases, including cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s, and even cancer. Now, a meta-analysis published in the journal Phytotherapy Research suggests adding depression to the list. In the … Continue reading Curcumin found to be one of the best natural ways to alleviate depression

Happier and healthier: Curcumin-rich turmeric can help ease depression and anxiety, researchers find

Arthritis, diabetes, cancer, inflammation… the list of conditions that curcumin can help with is pretty impressive, with many common physical ailments benefiting to some degree from the compound found in turmeric. However, curcumin really puts the “super” in “superfood” by not just enhancing physical health but mental health as well – and we can now … Continue reading Happier and healthier: Curcumin-rich turmeric can help ease depression and anxiety, researchers find

Natural Compounds in Grapes Could Lead Us to An Epigenetic Treatment for Depression

Recent research suggests that our diet and lifestyle can change the expression of our genes. This occurs by adjusting epigenetic marks on top of our DNA without actually making any changes to the underlying genetic sequence. For example, blueberries were found to epigenetically reduce DNA damage and drinking green tea may turn some genes on or off in women. In a … Continue reading Natural Compounds in Grapes Could Lead Us to An Epigenetic Treatment for Depression

Chemotherapy found to stop new brain cells from growing, worsening depression in brain cancer patients

Chemotherapy is depressing enough, but a drug used in the procedure may heighten it and make it worse, according to a study by researchers from King’s College London. Depression is considered one of the least recognizable symptoms of cancer since the condition is commonly attributed to the shock of the patient upon hearing the news. The … Continue reading Chemotherapy found to stop new brain cells from growing, worsening depression in brain cancer patients

Can Vitamin D Levels Predict Depression?

Source: Can Vitamin D Levels Predict Depression? by Dr. Edward Group  You probably know that vitamin D plays an important role in your health, helping to absorb calcium and promote bone growth. It’s also possible that you have heard that Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to a variety of health problems, including rickets, breast cancer, heart … Continue reading Can Vitamin D Levels Predict Depression?

Getting high helps depression? Researchers suggest using ketamine, nitrous oxide for mental health

According to researchers from the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, there’s a way to diminish the symptoms of depression in as quickly as one day, with little to no side effects. Furthermore, the benefits can last up to a week after just one treatment. Considering that conventionally prescribed medications such as Prozac, … Continue reading Getting high helps depression? Researchers suggest using ketamine, nitrous oxide for mental health