Gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) is the brain’s most abundant inhibitory, or “calming,” neurotransmitter. While GABA is known primarily for its ability to put you in a relaxed state, it actually plays a crucial role in regulating many aspects of mood, attention, cognition, and sleep. GABA deficiency symptoms may involve any of these
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Too much or too little of certain foods and nutrients can spell trouble for mental health, research suggests.
For example, excessive consumption of alcohol, a central nervous system depressant, can cause depressive symptoms in heavy drinkers, according to a paper published in the March 2013 issue of the Journal of Studies
It’s not a promising trend: Between 34 and 51 percent of young adults are regularly using energy drinks, as reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association? Although this topic rarely gets mentioned when medical researchers report on the dangers of energy drinks, consuming them daily—or using energy “shots”
Vitamin B6 is an essential nutrient, a water-soluble vitamin present naturally in some foods or added to others. It’s also available as a dietary supplement.
There are several forms of vitamin B6. The ones that actively contribute to your body’s metabolism are known as pyridoxal 5′-phosphate (P5P for short) and
Brain Change May Power Alcohol Dependence. Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute have found an important difference in alcohol-dependent brains compared to nondependent brains, in a recent study using mouse models. The finding may lead to personalized treatment for alcohol use disorder (AUD) and alcoholism. In the study, alcohol appeared
Up to 17 percent of Americans age 60 and over (3 million people) have serious alcohol problems, and the number is climbing as the baby-boom generation reaches its 60s. Already, statistics indicate that more seniors are admitted to hospitals for alcohol-related medical problems than are admitted for heart attacks. Both
When you have a chronic health condition or are at increased risk of a chronic disease, such as obesity, heart disease, diabetes, or celiac disease, it’s natural to focus on foods you should limit or avoid. However, you’ll likely find eating more enjoyable if you shift your attention to substituting
Q: At age 62, I am beginning to experience memory difficulties. Would taking omega-3 supplements help protect me from developing Alzheimer’s disease?
A: Some recent research suggests that taking regular doses of omega-3 may help preserve brain-power, and especially memory, in aging individuals. Omega-3 fatty acids—which contain do-cosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid
How much alcohol is too much alcohol for the aging brain? That’s a common question among older adults, many of whom enjoy an alcoholic beverage from time to time, but worry that drinking might increase their risk for memory decline and other cognitive problems.
Yet despite years of research and an
Natural Addiction Remedies: Make These Supplements for Addiction and Other Treatments Part of Your Relapse Prevention Plan
To get the most out of your treatment, support your mind and body with these supplements for addiction and natural, complimentary therapies.