Boost brain health with taurine, an amino acid with antidepressant properties

Taurine is an ingredient found in sports supplements and performance-enhancing products. But outside of its reputation as a means to boost athletic performance, taurine is also hailed for its role in supporting brain health and development beginning from conception. In fact, taurine is one of the most essential and abundant amino acids in the brain, so … Continue reading Boost brain health with taurine, an amino acid with antidepressant properties

The “root” of your problems: How valerian root can help with anxiety and sleep

There’s a good reason why valerian root is often called “nature’s Valium” — Research shows that valerian root can reduce anxiety and help a person sleep better. Valerian root is an herb that comes from the root of the flowering plant Valerian, belonging to the Valerianaceae family and native to Europe and Asia. While the flowers have a nice scent, the root has a … Continue reading The “root” of your problems: How valerian root can help with anxiety and sleep

Nicotine, anxiety, depression, stress – What’s the formula for escaping the dopamine roller coaster?

Is work stressing you out? Is the fear of catching the Bill Gates/Fauci virus (Covid) freaking you out? Is your relationship, or lack thereof, stressing you right now? If you’re reading the wrong news, and watching TV, plus listening to some regulatory agency “talking heads” that get paid tens of millions of dollars for pushing toxic … Continue reading Nicotine, anxiety, depression, stress – What’s the formula for escaping the dopamine roller coaster?

Acupressure could calm patients with dementia, study finds

The practice of acupressure might help calm people suffering from dementia, one study suggests.A Taiwanese study found acupressure might alleviate the agitations that people with forms of dementia like Alzheimer's go through. Acupressure is like acupuncture, only using hands instead of needles. People with dementia are more prone to become angry, yell at others or … Continue reading Acupressure could calm patients with dementia, study finds

Scientists explain how CBD helps address “isolation-induced aggression”

Research into the benefits of CBD has ramped up in recent years, and one area that could be particularly valuable is its effects on mental health. One recent study by Brazilian researchers found that it can help address isolation-induced aggression, which is something that could be incredibly useful in the quarantine era. In the study, … Continue reading Scientists explain how CBD helps address “isolation-induced aggression”

Study: Over-the-counter drugs can increase your risk of developing dementia

Anticholinergic drugs are prescribed by doctors to treat a variety of conditions. These range from inflammatory lung diseases like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) to gastrointestinal disorders like diarrhea and brain disorders like Parkinson’s disease. Anticholinergic drugs work by blocking a chemical called acetylcholine, which serves as the chief neurotransmitter of the parasympathetic nervous system. This part … Continue reading Study: Over-the-counter drugs can increase your risk of developing dementia

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

Drink your worries away? Researchers look into resveratrol as a means to reduce depression and anxiety

A study published in the journal Neuropharmacology found that plant-based compound resveratrol can potentially lower depression and anxiety. This is because resveratrol inhibits enzyme expression of phosphodiesterase 4 or PDE4, which is linked to depression and anxiety. Current antidepressants focus on other components of the brain such as serotonin. But only one-third of patients with depression enter full remission using these medications. With these … Continue reading Drink your worries away? Researchers look into resveratrol as a means to reduce depression and anxiety

Curb your anxiety by drinking a cup of matcha green tea

Matcha can reduce anxiety by activating dopamine and serotonin receptors that are linked to anxious behavior, according to researchers from Kumamoto University in Japan. Matcha, which literally means “powdered tea,” refers to the powder made from finely ground leaves of shade-grown tea tree (Camellia sinensis). Matcha has been used medicinally since ancient times. In Japan, in particular, it is used to help people relax, prevent obesity and treat certain skin conditions. … Continue reading Curb your anxiety by drinking a cup of matcha green tea

Oral CBD found to reduce the severity of PTSD symptoms

A recent study by American researchers found that oral cannabidiol (CBD) offers significant clinical benefits for patients with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). PTSD is a mental health condition caused by a traumatic event, such as a serious accident, a natural disaster, war or combat, or violent physical assault. For their study, the researchers examined the effect of oral CBD … Continue reading Oral CBD found to reduce the severity of PTSD symptoms