Combat depression with botanicals

Chamomile, Green Tea, Valerian and Lavender are mood enhancers There are at least four botanical extracts that have proper evidence as mood enhancers. Chamomile There are compounds in chamomile (Matricaria recutita) that bind to the same brain receptors as drugs like Valium. So a cup of chamomile tea can have a direct calming influence. It … Read more

Vitamin D brain effects

Dr Paul Clayton’s Health Newsletter Spring 2015 Research by the legendary Bruce Ames has thrown up new links between maternal vitamin D, or the lack of it, and autism (Patrick & Ames ’15). Their work indicates that adequate levels of vitamin D may be required to produce neurotransmitters dopamine, oxytocin, vasopressin and especially serotonin in … Read more

Anti-depression nutrients

Omega 3, Folic acid, B vitamins, Selenium, Zinc and Tryptophan are all anti-depressive nutrients They are also important brain foods. Sugar and fast food are strongly linked to depression. One out of every 7 individuals will suffer a depressive episode during his or her lifetime. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that by the year … Read more

Mind-body connection in depression

Deep breathing, heat, exercise, mindfulness meditation and even country walks are all proven aids Depression can be as incapacitating as physical illness. But there are physical actions you can take to help overcome it. Hold your breath! Sit up with your back straight, look upwards and smile. You should already feel a lighter mood. Yes? … Read more

Curcumin treats depression

Dr Paul Clayton’s Health Newsletter October 2014 Curcumin, the polyphenol derived from turmeric, is already known to have anti-inflammatory effects and to be cardio-, neuro- and chemo-protective; in the last 8 years, over 7000 studies have been completed. Now turmeric appears to be an anti-depressant too. Various teams of scientists have shown that curcumin exerts … Read more