Freshly baked bread is pretty irresistible. The tantalizing smell, warm center, and crunchy crust can satisfy even the most serious of hunger pangs. Lately, though, the paleo patrol and gluten police have turned bread into a four-letter word. They talk about bread’s bad qualities (carbohydrates, calories, sugar, and salt, for
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While celebrating with family and friends on Thanksgiving, you can be grateful that the food on your plate is also helping to boost your bone density. That’s right: Healthy Thanksgiving feast favorites contain a combination of significant bone-building nutrients, among other worthy health benefits.
When it comes to selecting foods to
L-tryptophan is an essential amino acid that is a precursor to the brain neurotransmitter serotonin. A diet that’s deficient in tryptophan reduces serotonin production in the brain and can lead to depression, anxiety, mood disorders, insomnia, poor cognition, and other brain conditions. On the contrary, research shows that a high-tryptophan
Research shows that when you’re consistently sad, pessimistic, or moody you may have a serotonin deficiency that you can treat yourself by using serotonin supplements. The four natural serotonin supplements presented here have all been shown to help treat serotonin deficiency symptoms such as depression, insomnia, and more by increasing
Now that you know the causes and effects of stress and anxiety, it’s time to learn how to deal with them. Don’t despair: Both are highly treatable. Many of the ill effects caused by anxiety and stress can be reversed (or at least improved) by treating the causes of your
The sad truth is that nearly half of people in the U.S. with depression are not getting the level of care they need, according to statistics collected by the National Institute of Mental Health. This is true even though multiple effective therapies are available. Minority groups are particularly unlikely to
Eleven percent of Americans aged 12 years and older take antidepressant medications, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. Most of these antidepressants, including a widely used class of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), are designed to reduce anxiety and lift mood by prolonging the effects of
Q. Are there any natural antidepressants? I’m reluctant to take a prescription medication for what I believe to be a short-term period of depression.
A. There are many things you can do to live a happier life or to manage your depression. Prescription medications are not the only option for raising
The food choices you make can affect your mood and memory as well as your weight and physical health. Research has linked dietary deficiencies to depression and anxiety and healthy diets with better brain health. For example, studies have found that eating a Mediterranean-style diet is associated with a reduced
The importance of the neurotransmitter serotonin in affecting mood has been widely acknowledged in numerous studies linking low brain levels of this key chemical with depression, anxiety, and irritability. Now, scientists are reporting another significant role the neurotransmitter plays in the brain—that of promoting memory and cognition.
Inadequate brain levels of