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

The Epigenetics of Schizophrenia

The nascent field of epigenetics has been helpful in elucidating upon other polygenic traits and diseases. Thus it only seems logical to apply it to the study of schizophrenia, a chronic and debilitating illness with a sundry of risk factors. In his widely cited 2013 article, Dr. Thomas Insel defines schizophrenia as “a collection of signs and … Continue reading The Epigenetics of Schizophrenia

Early stages of schizophrenia can be treated with nutrients found in Brussels sprouts, shellfish, and oranges

Around two million Americans suffer from schizophrenia, and it’s a frustrating chronic mental illness that is marked with disabling symptoms like delusions and hallucinations. Unfortunately, the antipsychotic medications that are often given to address these problems come with their own set of risks. Now, scientists have discovered that certain nutrients could help to fight the illness … Continue reading Early stages of schizophrenia can be treated with nutrients found in Brussels sprouts, shellfish, and oranges

Fewer meds work better for schizophrenia patients

An exciting, game-changing study, published in the American Journal of Psychiatry, calls for an entirely new approach to treating schizophrenia. The report shows massive evidence for reducing the use of anti-psychotic drugs in favor of more individualized, holistic therapies. Most schizophrenic patients despise the anti-psychotic drugs prescribed to them. In fact, studies show that schizophrenic patients are … Continue reading Fewer meds work better for schizophrenia patients

Folate and vitamin B12 treat schizophrenia symptoms

Schizophrenia is a disabling brain disorder characterized by the inability to tell reality from imagination, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Symptoms are broken down into two types called “positive symptoms,” which include hallucinations and delusions, and “negative symptoms” which include social withdrawal, apathy, and a lack of emotional expressiveness. While drugs have been found … Continue reading Folate and vitamin B12 treat schizophrenia symptoms

Could vitamin D deficiency explain adolescent aggression? Researchers say yes

Vitamin D, the so-called “sunshine” vitamin, is most recognized for its role in bone formation and calcium absorption. But recent studies on this essential micronutrient are starting to shed light on its potential role in mental health. In a recent article published in the Journal of Nutrition, a team of scientists from the University of Michigan and the University of La … Continue reading Could vitamin D deficiency explain adolescent aggression? Researchers say yes

Drain your grain consumption: What you need to know about a grain-free diet

Grains make up a large chunk of most people’s diets, but more and more health enthusiasts are beginning to cut out this major food group for a number of reasons, including grain allergies and food intolerances. Health benefits of a grain-free diet Grain-free diets can come off as being too limited for most dieters, but … Continue reading Drain your grain consumption: What you need to know about a grain-free diet

A closer look at the effects of cannabidiol on psoriasis symptoms

Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the 113 active ingredients in the Cannabis sativa plant, or marijuana. It has been studied for its medicinal effects on seizures, insomnia, Parkinson’s disease, schizophrenia and other neurological conditions. Some studies suggest that CBD also shows promise as a potential treatment for psoriasis. A recent investigation into the therapeutic effects of CBD found that … Continue reading A closer look at the effects of cannabidiol on psoriasis symptoms

Sprouting 101: A quick and easy guide to get you started

Tiny, tasty sprouts are chock-full of nutrients and health benefits. Once you’re familiar with the dos and don’ts of sprouting, you can easily grow fresh sprouts right at home. As seeds germinate, they start to sprout. During this part of the growing process, the following natural chemical changes take place: Chlorophyll and carotene content increases dramatically … Continue reading Sprouting 101: A quick and easy guide to get you started