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 “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

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

How can you keep anxiety at bay? Experts suggest consuming more of these nutrients

More and more studies are coming to light that show the impact of food on mental health, particularly mental disorders like anxiety. Registered dietitian and functional medicine practitioner Ali Miller says that eating certain foods can counteract the harmful effects of anxiety and anxiety-related disorders. Food can affect mental health Miller notes that humans’ primal fight-or-flight instinct isn’t suited for modern stressors like deadlines … Continue reading How can you keep anxiety at bay? Experts suggest consuming more of these nutrients

The stigma around mental health is KILLING men: How to care for someone who is struggling with mental illness and addiction

According to Mental Health America, at least six million men in the U.S. are affected by depression annually. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention reports that compared to women, men died by suicide at a rate of 3.54 percent higher in 2017. In the same vein, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism notes that 62,000 men die due to alcohol-related … Continue reading The stigma around mental health is KILLING men: How to care for someone who is struggling with mental illness and addiction

Essential oils can be used for pain relief – a look at your best options

Essential oils are packed with potent bioactive properties that work against infection, inflammation and even diseases like diabetes, according to a recent review published in the Journal of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Research. In their paper, researchers Tanu Bansal and Kaur Harpreet from the Lovely Professional University in India shed light on the therapeutic use of essential oils for the prevention and treatment … Continue reading Essential oils can be used for pain relief – a look at your best options

Scientists discover a soil bacteria that can protect against stress

The health industry is full of diets, exercises and therapies for stress relief. But researchers from the U.S., Hungary and the U.K. suggest a more down-to-earth stress buster – with dirt. In their study, which was published in the journal Psychopharmacology, the team found that Mycobacterium vaccae, a bacterium found in soil, produces an anti-inflammatory fatty acid that can reduce inflammation and … Continue reading Scientists discover a soil bacteria that can protect against stress

Spending at least 2 hours in nature per week improves overall health and psychological well-being, shows study

A mountain of research is giving near-conclusive evidence to the idea that exposing yourself to nature improves your physical and mental health, and the effects go beyond just giving your mood a temporary boost. A study published in the journal Scientific Reports suggests that spending at least two hours a week immersing yourself in nature is enough to positively affect you. The … Continue reading Spending at least 2 hours in nature per week improves overall health and psychological well-being, shows study

Understanding the “gut-brain axis” – Can people with anxiety benefit from probiotic foods and supplements?

Anxiety is linked to various mental and physical disorders, especially those caused by stress. Many natural therapies offer relief, but a recent study suggests that maintaining a healthy gut microbiota as a novel treatment for anxiety. In a review, a team of scientists from Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China examined the relationship between the gut and anxiety … Continue reading Understanding the “gut-brain axis” – Can people with anxiety benefit from probiotic foods and supplements?