Animal Study Suggests Omega-3 Lessens Depression, Mania. By Rick Nauert PhD Senior News Editor Reviewed by John M.
Grohol, Psy.D. on May 27, 2011 New research suggests the benefits of omega 3 fatty acids extend beyond improving heart health. In a multiyear study, Indiana University School of Medicine investigators discovered molecular level evidence that the dietary supplements may be beneficial for alcohol abuse and psychiatric disorders.
In the study, researchers showed conclusive behavioral and molecular benefits for omega 3 given to mice engineered to show bipolar disorder behaviors. The fatty acid DHA, which is one of the main active ingredients in fish oil, “normalized their behavior,” says Alexander B. The findings are reported online in the journal Translational Psychiatry. Using the stress-sensitive animal model of bipolar disorder developed in his lab, Niculescu and his colleagues studied the influence of dietary DHA. A simple and proven program for making healthy, sustainable lifestyle changes.
Nutrition What you include in your diet is as important as what you exclude.
Spectrum of Choices Foods are neither good nor bad, but some are more healthful for you than others. You have a spectrum of choices. Based on the latest science, while recognizing the limitations of research, I have categorized foods into a spectrum ranging from the most healthful (Group 1) to the least healthful (Group 5). I started to say “most indulgent” to describe Group 5, but that’s part of the problem. You can make Group 1 and Group 2 foods that are good for you and also taste great and feel indulgent. What matters most is your overall way of eating. If you get on a diet, chances are you’ll get off a diet. Even the word “diet” conjures up feeling restricted, deprived, controlled—all the manipulative, fascist feelings that are not sustainable. In contrast, the Spectrum approach is all about freedom and choice. The Spectrum is based on love, not willpower.
OK, here’s how it works: It’s not all or nothing. Nootropic. Nootropics (/noʊ.əˈtrɒpɨks/ noh-ə-TROP-iks), also referred to as smart drugs, memory enhancers, neuro enhancers, cognitive enhancers, and intelligence enhancers, are drugs, supplements, nutraceuticals, and functional foods that improve one or more aspects of mental function, such as working memory, motivation, and attention. The word nootropic was coined in 1972 by the Romanian Dr.
Corneliu E. Giurgea, derived from the Greek words νους nous, or "mind", and τρέπειν trepein meaning to bend or turn. Availability and prevalence At present, there are only a few drugs which have been shown to improve some aspect of cognition in medical reviews.  Many more are in different stages of development. The most commonly used class of drug is stimulants, such as caffeine. Academic use Surveys suggest that 3–11% of American students and 0.7–4.5% of German students have used cognitive enhancers in their lifetime. Side effects Drugs BrainReady Home. Blueberries. In terms of U.S. fruit consumption, blueberries rank only second to strawberries in popularity of berries.
Blueberries are not only popular, but also repeatedly ranked in the U.S. diet as having one of the highest antioxidant capacities among all fruits, vegetables, spices and seasonings. Antioxidants are essential to optimizing health by helping to combat the free radicals that can damage cellular structures as well as DNA. We recommend enjoying raw blueberries — rather than relying upon blueberries incorporated into baked desserts — because, like other fruits, raw blueberries provide you with the best flavor and the greatest nutritional benefits.
As one of the few fruits native to North America, blueberries have been enjoyed by Native Americans for hundreds of years. They have also enjoyed great popularity around the world in cuisines from Asia to the Mediterranean. What's New and Beneficial About Blueberries WHFoods Recommendations. Nootropic. What Are Antioxidants? (Mental Health Guru) Functional food. A functional food is a food given an additional function (often one related to health-promotion or disease prevention) by adding new ingredients or more of existing ingredients. The general category of functional foods includes processed food or foods fortified with health-promoting additives, like "vitamin-enriched" products.
Products considered functional generally do not include products where fortification has been done to meet government regulations and the change is not recorded on the label as a significant addition ("invisible fortification"). An example of this type of fortification would be the historic addition of iodine to table salt, or Vitamin D to milk, done to resolve public health problems such as rickets. Fermented foods with live cultures are considered functional foods with probiotic benefits. Functional foods are part of the continuum of products that individuals may consume to increase their health and/or contribute to reducing their disease burden.