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Vitamin C found to reduce Depression

A study published in the Nutrition Journal done demonstrated that 1000mg Vitamin C used alongside fluoxetine (an antidepressant aka Prozac) reduced symptoms of depression. They suggest that this may be the result of the anti-oxidant properties of vitamin C (since there may be oxidative side effects from fluoxetine). Your brain loves Vitamin C. It was really interesting reading their discussion, they cite many papers that link vitamin C to a reduction in all sorts of psychological issues. Promising area of research. Vitamin C is one of my favourite vitamins. This is the sort of research I love!

I will also add that vitamin C is also needed for dopamine production. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that is often forgotten about, it is vital for mental clarity and motivation. I like to explain dopamine as being the controller of the filing system in your brain. It ensures you are able to focus, absorb and store the right information.

Best sources of vitamin C: Kale (and pretty much all greens), Broccoli, Peppers, Berries.

www.nutritionj.com/content/pdf/1475-2891-12-31.pdf

 

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Is Depression in your family? Could it be from DNA? ( 5-HTT gene)

Can your mental health be in your DNA? Sunshine Coast Integrated Wellness Clinic. Suzi Le Fanue.

Anxiety, Depression: Could it be in the DNA?

The 5-HTT gene has been found to have an area that “changes” this affects the re uptake of serotonin (our happy neurotransmitter) in the brain. This is called a polymorphism. These polymorphisms are seen to be higher in those with major depression. In the future, I would love to see that screening of 5-HTT gene is done in those with depression. Knowing whats happening doesn’t treat it, but knowing what your dealing with makes it that much easier to deal with. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2684780/

Let’s hope the study of genetics and mental health continues!

Yours in Health,

Suzi Le Fanue Naturopath at Sunshine Coast Integrated Wellness Clinic

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Blueberries. A powerful anti-ageing food!

Blueberries! Anti-Ageing food Packed with anthocyanins, they slow down the ageing process, lower inflammation and are lower in fructose than other fruits. They are high in vitamin C and potassium. And best of all, they taste delicious. Eat them in salads, smoothies or straight from the punnet. Mmmmmm

My favourite Blueberry Muffin Recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups almond meal
  • 2/3 cup bluberries
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder/bi carb soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/3 cup water
  • Dash of vanilla
  • Sprinkle of cinnamon
  • About 1/3 cup agave or stevia to taste

Preparation:

1) Preheat oven to 180C. Besan Ladoo Recipe Maharashtrian

2) Butter a muffin tin. I sometimes use a slice tin.

3) Mix dry ingredients together well.

4) Add wet ingredients and blueberrier and mix thoroughly

5) Put in muffin tins or tray and bake for about 20 mins. Stick a knife in to check they are pretty cooked, bear in mind that almond meal muffins are more moist than wheat muffins.

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