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Studies: Why Vitamin D Is Such An Important Piece Of The Mood Puzzle

Vitamin D is a highly recognized vitamin known for its various beneficial effects on human health and the regulation of minerals in the body. Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to osteoporosis, autoimmune diseases, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and even depression.* Serious depression afflicts 6.7% of the US population over the age of 18. The[…]

Studies: 3 Ways Vitamin D Helps Your Brain Function

Vitamin D is one of the most important vitamins for your body yet despite it being obtainable from the sun, studies suggest over 1/3 of people are still deficient (1).  According to the National Institutes for Health (2), the average adult male and female should aim for about 600 IU (15 micrograms) of vitamin D daily.[…]

How Mood Is Assessed In The Medical World?

Have you ever wondered how experts are able to assess your mood status? The answer is far simpler than what you may imagine. Researchers and doctors employ the usage of established questionnaires to assess conditions like anxiety and depression. Below are some of the most used questionnaires used in research and medicine to assess mood:[…]

Ginkgo Biloba: Can Mental Clarity Grow On Trees?

Existing for over 270 million years, Ginkgo Biloba is an ancient species of trees that has been widely cultivated for use as a source of food and traditional medicine in Asian cultures. Its broad fan shaped leaves have captivated humans for thousands of years and have been used widely in oriental medicine ranging from treating[…]

Feeling Overwhelmed And Cranky? Lower Your Stress Levels With These 4 Micronutrients

When was the last time you soothed your nerves with a supersize pizza, a bowl of ice-cream or a bag of potato chips? I actually craved exactly that kind of junk food last night, after a particularly exhausting day with my two toddlers, a work issue I wasn’t able to solve right away, and a[…]

How Micronutrients Helped Me Overcome The Blues

Vitamins and minerals for helping kick the blues?* Really? Well yes! If you regularly feel down, this article might just change your life for the better… There is more and more information about the possible link between mood swings, lows, and vitamins and micronutrients out there.* This is why I wanted to share my own experience. The vitamins[…]

Could Micronutrients Help Veterans?

Recent study indicates micronutrients may help reduce intrusive thoughts after trauma There has been an increasing amount of attention being paid to the role micronutrients play in mental health, and recent research suggests this may extend to those suffering  following traumatic incidents. A recent study** conducted in New Zealand after the 6.3 earthquake in 2011[…]

How A Near-Death Accident Taught Me The Art of Listening

Most of us find it easy and enjoyable to talk about ourselves. I think that partly explains why social media is so popular. Where else can you endlessly share with the world what you are doing or thinking, where you have traveled, or what you care about with such a large and seemingly welcoming audience?[…]

Studies: Could More Calcium Improve Your PMS?

Calcium is an essential element most widely known for its effects on bone health and its implications on osteoporosis.  However most people don’t know that calcium levels have also been implicated in affecting mood in women that suffer from the Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS). PMS may cause mood swings, irritability, fatigue, and depression*. Calcium Levels and[…]

Studies: How Magnesium Supports Brain Health & Focus

The magnesium ion is extremely important to your body because it acts as a moderator for many processes including DNA synthesis, energy production, and ion transport across cell membranes. It’s one of many essential nutrients that your body needs to survive, but that it can’t produce on its own; because of this, we should all[…]