Stress and Depression: Nutritional Intervention to Boost Mental Health
We started to converse about anxiety, depression, and cognitive health several months ago, and on Tuesday we added the element of stress, which is ever present in our lives.
We do not stop to evaluate what stress is doing to our bodies and minds, and although we know that stress is directly correlated with all kinds of diseases, it takes a crisis to get us to re-evaluate how we are dealing with stress.
We have known for a while that meditation and the practice of uplifting our mood by focusing on positive emotions of love (my favorite), compassion, kindness, gratitude, freedom etc. are both necessary methods to boost mental health as well as rebuild the general health of our bodies (Simonton & Simonton, 1975; 1980).
And the knowledge on meditation and mind/body health is exploding. Alongside this practice we also have nutritional tools that have become important to integrate into our daily routines.
Taking minerals (Shen et al., 2023) and ultra minerals (Totten et al., 2023) for anxiety and depression, Blueberries for depression (even postpartum) and alleviation of bad moods (Dowlati et al., 2017; Khalid et al., 2017), and Chromium (Chen et al., 2022).
Read through the references and get the knowledge on these precious nutrients that research shows can actually change the way you feel.
Chromium with High Active Beet Root
- Chen, J., Kan, M., Ratnasekera, P., Deol, L. K., Thakkar, V., & Davison, K. M. (2022). Blood Chromium Levels and Their Association with Cardiovascular Diseases, Diabetes, and Depression: National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) 2015–2016.Nutrients, 14(13), 2687.
- Dowlati, Y., Ravindran, A. V., Segal, Z. V., Stewart, D. E., Steiner, M., & Meyer, J. H. (2017). Selective dietary supplementation in early postpartum is associated with high resilience against depressed mood.Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 114(13), 3509-3514. Article
- Khalid, S., Barfoot, K. L., May, G., Lamport, D. J., Reynolds, S. A., & Williams, C. M. (2017). Effects of acute blueberry flavonoids on mood in children and young adults. Nutrients, 9(2), 158.
- Totten, M. S., Davenport, T. S., Edwards, L. F., & Howell, J. M. (2023). Trace Minerals and Anxiety: A Review of Zinc, Copper, Iron, and Selenium. Dietetics, 2(1), 83-103. article
- Shen, X., Gu, X., Liu, Y. Y., Yang, L., Zheng, M., & Jiang, L. (2023). Association between dietary calcium and depression among American adults: National health and nutrition examination survey.Frontiers in Nutrition, 10, 162. article
- Simonton, O. C., & Simonton, S. S. (1975). Belief systems and management of the emotional aspects of malignancy. Journal of Transpersonal Psychology, 7(1), 29-47. Article
- Simonton, O. C., Matthews-Simonton, S., & Sparks, T. F. (1980). Psychological intervention in the treatment of cancer. Psychosomatics, 21(3), 226-233.
- Soveid, N., Barkhidarian, B., Moradi, S., Gholami, F., Rasaei, N., Himmerich, H., & Mirzaei, K. (2022). The Potential Effect of Blueberry on Cognitive Health and Mood State Based on Human Intervention Studies: Systematic Review and Mini Meta-Analysis. CNS & Neurological Disorders-Drug Targets (Formerly Current Drug Targets-CNS & Neurological Disorders). Abstract
Yours as always,
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Vitamin D is also essential for increasing our good mood:
Kaviani, M., Nikooyeh, B., Zand, H., Yaghmaei, P., & Neyestani, T. R. (2020). Effects of vitamin D supplementation on depression and some involved neurotransmitters. Journal of affective disorders, 269, 28-35.
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