Archive for the ‘Mental health’ Category

Trans and saturated fats linked to depression in a new study

Posted: Thursday, February 17th, 2011

Statistics show that 150 million people suffer from depression worldwide and this may be due in part to dietary changes away from unprocessed polyunsaturated fats towards a higher intake of saturated and trans fats. Researchers from the Universities of Navarra and Las Palmas de Gran Canaria have found that there is a link between eating […]

Study shows raised homocysteine levels are linked to dementia

Posted: Thursday, February 17th, 2011

An article in Nature Journal confirms previous evidence that raised homocysteine levels are a likely primary predictor and potential cause of the brain damage that identifies Alzheimer’s.  ‘homocysteine is associated with an increase in the risk of cognitive impairment and dementia’ Levels of Homocysteine area associated with a lack of Vitamin B6, B12 and Folic acid. […]

Balance blood sugar to keep aggression at bay

Posted: Saturday, July 24th, 2010

Research published this week suggests that  a sweet drink allowed students to remain calmer under stressful provocation than their counterparts who had been given an artificially sweetened drink. Student volunteers performed tasks such as preparing a speech to be read to a stranger; this speech was then criticised as boring and disappointing. Those who had […]

High fat diets may cause emotional disturbance

Posted: Saturday, July 24th, 2010

Research to be presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behaviour (SSIB) has found that a prolonged high fat diet is associated with changing levels of a brain chemical called dopamine. This chemical conducts signals in the brain that control movement, emotional responses and the ability to feel pleasure […]

Eating Disorders Awareness Week starts today.

Posted: Monday, February 22nd, 2010

This week, February 22nd-27th, is the National Eating Disorders Awareness week. The media often glamorises anorexia nervosa and other eating disorders, as super thin models and celebrities sell magazines, but the truth is that anorexia has the highest mortality rate for any psychiatric condition. Eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating and compulsive […]

Omega 3 fats may prevent onset of schizophrenia

Posted: Monday, February 8th, 2010

A study published in this month’s Archives of General Psychiatry has found that fish oil may at least delay, but probably prevent, the onset of schizophrenia. Dr Paul Amminger and his colleagues from the University of Australia carried out a randomised, double blind, controlled study with 81 patients between the ages of 13-25 years. They found […]