The best clinical recommendations are borne of experience and evidence. I have curated this archive to lead you to some of the best, unbiased, research I have found.
This study concludes that more comprehensive trials looking at the anti-depressant efficacy of omega-3 fatty acids were needed. Subsequent research continues to support the use of these fats to augment and enhance the treatment of patients with clinical depression. Read the abstract →
Another large, long prospective trial that implicates a “Western” diet with worse brain health. We have seen numerous studies implicate modern foods in depression and dementia. Now this amazing study from down under. This is the first study to clearly link a “western-style” diet with ADHD. This study followed almost 3000 kids from birth for 14 years. It found that eating more fat, saturated fat, sugar, refined carbs, and sodium and less omega-3s, folates, and fiber doubles the risk of getting an ADHD diagnosis. Kids who ate the most take-out food, potato chips, and soda were twice as likely to be diagnosed with ADHD. Read the abstract →
Curcumin is the active molecule in turmeric, a main ingredient in most curries. Curcumin has reported antidepressant properties and this study aimed to better understand the molecular mechanism. The study used an animal model of depression, the forced swim test, and also examined the effects of two doses of curcumin on levels of serotonin and dopamine as well as the effect of adding piperine aka black pepper which increases the absorption of curcumin (a "bioavailability enhancer"). The researchers concluded that the main mechanism of action is the inhibition of monoamine oxidase inhibitor-A, an enzyme that is the target of the MOA-inhibitor class of antidepressant medications, that curcumin can enhance the effect of traditional antidepressant medications like Prozac and Effexor, and that piperine does indeed increase the bioavailability of curcumin. Read the abstract →
How obesity increases the risk of heart disease, cancer, and diabetes is making headlines all the time. Another risk, often over looked, is the link between obesity and brain disorders like depression, bipolar, disorder, and panic disorder. Read the abstract →
There’s been a lot of talk about how “traditional” diets (i.e., what your grandmother served for dinner) are better for you. I’ve generally taken issue with this precept; I wanted to believe it was true, but where’s the science supporting it? Read the abstract →