Category Archives: Brain nutrition

RDA for Vitamin D? At Least 5 Times Too Low

An organization that specializes in researching nutritional medicine,  www.Orthomolecular.org, reports that Vitamin D level recommendations by the government are way too low to prevent some basic health problems. The organization, made up of a number of MD’s, is one of the most credible sources for information on nutritional medicine.

Anxiety and depression can be affected by low Vitamin D levels. Continue reading

More Good News about Fish Oil

The Beyond Meds blog alerted me to a BBC article, “Fish Oil Supplements ‘Beat Psychotic Mental Illness'”, that describes yet another research study that has found beneficial effects from fish oil.  This time, a preliminary study has shown that taking fish oil can help prevent psychotic disorders in young people at high risk for to develop such disorders.  In fact, according to the BBC article, “A three-month course of the supplement appeared to be as effective as drugs, cutting the rate of psychotic illness like schizophrenia by a quarter.”  A chance to keep the brain healthy naturally is always good news.

Children Sleep terrors solved – by 5HTP

What an incredibly impressive study from the European Journal of Pediatrics.   5HTP supplementation (precursor to Serotonin, available at any health food store) virtually eliminates sleep terrors in kids.  It’s a very well-done ,controlled study.  Unfortunately, few studies count unless they are marketed.  This one wasn’t.   MD’s who read this study should agree – the data is quite compelling.  But if no one markets a study – it’s as if it doesn’t exist.  So pass this one on! Continue reading

Brain Brightening Through Food – Is There Enough Willpower?

What we eat daily affects our thinking and our mental function immensely – over years.

But it takes so long to notice  that most people don’t. Then we wonder why there are attention problems, or mood issues, or reduced mental sharpness or memory….  Food isn’t the only reason, but it’s a far far bigger reason than most people realize. Continue reading