(Natural News) Taking probiotics to improve intestinal health may come with a bonus, as a new animal study revealed that the beneficial gut bacteria may also reduce depressive tendencies. A team of researchers at the Aarhus University in Denmark examined the effects of lactic acid bacteria in rat models as part of the study. The rats were divided into four groups that received either an extra fatty and fiberless diet alone or an unhealthy diet with probiotics-enhanced water.The findings revealed that rats given probiotics exhibited neutral behavior after a swimming test despite their unhealthy diet. In contrast, rats that were not given the probiotics drink appeared more depressed following the test. The researchers also observed a significant increase in white blood cells in the brain tissues of untreated rats, which may indicate the onset of chronic inflammation.Lead researcher Dr. Anders Abildgaard cited mounting … [Read more...] about Probiotics fight depression: Healthy gut bacteria found to reduce symptoms
Winter is synonymous with all things warm and cozy, including comfort food. However, too often, the foods we crave in chilly weather are far from the kind we should be eating to prevent or soothe seasonal mood changes.(Fight diabetes and lower your cholesterol with the affordable, effective health hacks in The Doctors Book of Natural Healing Remedies!)About 5% of Americans suffer from seasonal affective disorder (SAD), and another 10% to 20% may encounter winter depression in a milder form. SAD is a form of depression that typically occurs when there is less sunlight in the winter, which can disrupt your body’s internal clock and, consequently, your mood. Side effects of winter-onset SAD include excessive sleeping, weight gain, difficulty concentrating, and cravings, particularly for sweet or starchy foods.“People suffering from SAD, or other types of depression, often have a craving for carbohydrate-rich foods because these foods stimulate … [Read more...] about 6 Mood-Boosting Foods That Help Soothe Winter Depression
In this article, we discuss new evidence in support of a significant link between depression during pregnancy and an increased risk of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in the child. Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is primarily characterized by two categories of behavioral problems: inattentiveness and hyperactivity or impulsiveness. ADHD is now one of the most common pediatric neurodevelopmental disorders, affecting up to 7.2 percent of all children. The condition raises the likelihood that the child will face difficulty at school and later in life. Also, some evidence suggests that ADHD increases mortality rates. And worryingly, according to some reports, the incidence rate of ADHD is steadily rising. Although better detection rates certainly play a part in the increase, this cannot explain the size of growth. Therefore, the race is on to understand what causes ADHD and, importantly, whether or not it can be prevented. A group of researchers recently … [Read more...] about ADHD: Could maternal depression be the cause?
For people who live with seasonal affective disorder, winter can bring much more than gale force winds and snow; it may trigger feelings of hopelessness and depression. According to new research, women are likely to fare worse than men. Researchers at the University of Glasgow in the United Kingdom have found that women are much more likely than men to experience seasonal variations in depressive symptoms, with these symptoms peaking during the winter months. Study co-author Daniel Smith, of the Institute of Health and Wellbeing at Glasgow, and team have recently reported their results in the Journal of Affective Disorders. Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a form of depression that comes and goes with the seasons. It is estimated that SAD affects approximately 5 percent of people in the United States in any given year. Symptoms of SAD include feelings of depression, worthlessness, low energy, fatigue, and lack of interest in usually enjoyable activities, or anhedonia. SAD most … [Read more...] about Seasonal depression: Women more affected than men
(Natural News) An animal study published in the journal Cell revealed that selenium helps prevent neurons from dying, demonstrating the element’s central role in mitigating cell death. A team of researchers at the Institute of Developmental Genetics (IDG) at Helmholtz Zentrum München in Germany examined the correlation between the selenium-containing enzyme GPX4 and a novel type of cell death called ferroptosis as part of the study.The research team observed that replacing the selenium content in GPX4 with sulfur did not improve the animal models’ life span. According to the scientists, mouse models with sulfur-based GPX4 enzyme did not survive for more than three weeks. The animals’ shorter lifespan was largely due in part to neurological complications, the researchers explained. The experts also observed that a distinct subpopulation of specialized brain neurons were lost during the postnatal … [Read more...] about Do YOU know what selenium is for? Scientists have discovered it protects brain neurons from depression and cell death