We cannot escape the reality that in developed nations, people are often overfed and undernourished. A growing body of literature links dietary choices to brain health and the risk of psychiatric illness. B vitamins are required for proper functioning of the methylation cycle, monoamine production, DNA synthesis, and maintenance of phospholipids such as myelin. A review of worldwide studies has found that add-on treatment with high-dose b-vitamins — including B6, B8 and B12 — can significantly reduce symptoms of schizophrenia more than standard treatments alone.
The research — on the effect of vitamin and mineral supplements on symptoms of schizophrenia was published in Psychological Medicine, one of the world’s leading psychology journals.
Each of us has innate biochemical factors which influence personality, behavior, mental health, immune function, allergic tendencies, etc. Scientists tell us that the number of different genetic combinations possible in a child from the same two parents exceeds 42 million. It’s interesting to note that we do not possess a combination of characteristics from our parents, but instead have a diverse collection of characteristics from many ancestors on both sides of the family.
Except for identical twins, each human being has unique biochemistry resulting in quite diverse nutritional needs. Shakespeare was correct when he wrote “One man’s meat is another man’s poison.” For example, some of us are genetically suited for a vegetable-based diet and others are not. Some persons can satisfy their nutritional needs by diet alone and others must have nutritional supplements to overcome genetic aberrations. (more…)
Vitamin B is sometimes called the “happy vitamin,” and for very good reason. Vitamin B is a dietary powerhouse, boosting energy levels and enhancing performance of nearly every system in the body. Hundreds of delicious and abundant foods are packed full of vitamin B, ready to unleash the raw power in even the most timid consumer.
Benefits of Vitamin B Vitamin B converts food into energy. These nutrients also help the nervous system function properly, enabling the energized body to move in an efficient and coordinated way. (more…)
Anyone trying to prevent heart disease and cancer is probably thoroughly confused by competing research and news reports about folic acid. In some studies it reduces the risk of cancer (i) and in others it seems to increase the risk. (ii) The media grab attention with scary headlines like the recent Prevention article “Is Your Breakfast Giving You Cancer,” and the confused consumer of healthy food and vitamin supplements goes back to burgers and fries and throws their supplements in the trash. (more…)
Prior to the release of several studies that claim the therapy is ineffective, taking high doses of B vitamins was considered an effective regimen for lowering homocysteine levels, and thus helping to prevent strokes and cardiovascular disease. But a new commentary published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) suggests that these negative studies are flawed, and that B vitamin therapy is still an effective heart protection therapy. (more…)
Too much stress is highly inflammatory to your nerves and leads to wear and tear. B vitamins are crucial for nerve transmission and are needed in higher amounts as your stress level increases. A new study shows that 400 mcg of folic acid and 100 mcg of B12 daily for two years resulted in significantly better memory function in stressed adults, compared to controls. (more…)
If you maintain your intake of DHA, B vitamins, vitamins C, D, and E then your brain is far less likely to shrink in size and your mental thinking tests will be better. On the other hand, if you eat a diet high in margarine-containing trans fats, as the American Heart Association recommended for decades before they took a class in Nutrition 101, then you probably can’t remember this was their advice. (more…)
Many factors are known to contribute to human lifespan. Many natural health followers carefully control their diet to include organic choices of fruits and vegetables in their natural, uncooked state, while remaining physically active and maintaining body weight within a healthy range. (more…)
Some nutrients, like vitamin D, always seem to be making headlines — while others, you just never hear about.
Take choline, for example.
When was the last time you heard about that one? Possibly never — but you might want to add it to your vocabulary, because this B vitamin found in egg yolks, liver, and chicken may have the power to protect your brain and keep dementia at bay. (more…)
One of 2,000 people in the U.S. is diagnosed each year with keratoconus, a vision-robbing disease usually first spotted during the teenage years. The cause isn’t understood, but it is known to damage the collagen fibers that form the structure of the cornea (the outer surface of the eye). It’s the cornea that allows the eye to focus properly. As keratoconus worsens over time, the cornea degenerates and becomes thinner, bulges outwards and makes clear vision impossible. Standard treatments for the disease in the U.S. include specialized eyeglasses, hard contact lenses, and implanted lenses. However, none of these can permanently correct keratoconus. Severe cases often require corneal transplants, which are not only expensive but may not always “take.” (more…)