Health News: Naturopathic Research Update
These days there is more and more scientific research of nutritional and herbal medicines being conducted. The scientific community is realising just how powerful our natural medicines can be to help so many conditions and illnesses. These Naturopathic Research Updates will aim to provide you with an understanding of how your treatment at New Leaf Naturopathic Health is formulated.
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Here is this week’s naturopathic research:
Green tea for diabetes and it’s complications:
Green tea is one amazing plant – full of antioxidants it is beneficial for so many conditions. This study looks at it’s beneficial therapeutic role in supporting diabetic and pre-diabetic conditions. The tea’s phenolic compounds are the most potent active constituent and is useful in reducing waist-hip ratio, glucose level, arterial pressure, supporting antioxidant status and liver enzymes. Drink your green tea daily!
Maternal Bisphenol A and Miscarriage Risk:
This study looks at the possible link between BPA and first trimester miscarriage. Bisphenol A are endocrine disrupting chemicals found in “the lining of metal food cans, thermal receipt paper, plastic food and beverage containers, dental sealants, and medical devices.” They have the ability to alter the production, metabolism and the action of all your hormones. It is for this reason they are being closely watched in regards to fertility.
Low Vitamin D and Post-Natal Depression:
Post-partum depression (PND) can affect between 10-15% of women. Left unchecked it can have long-lasting negative effects for both the mother and child. This study involving 687 women looks at the link between low mid-pregnancy Vitamin D levels and an increased risk of developing post-natal depression. There is plenty of help out if you are suffering from PND or you feel you could be at risk in developing it. Please reach out and ask for help – there will be so many people willing to lend a shoulder for support.
Omega-3 Supplementation Beneficial for Children with Behavioural Problems:
This randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, stratified, parallel-group trial looked at how supplementation with Omega-3 fish oils can be beneficial for children and adolescence with learning difficulties. Adding small, oily fish to your children’s diet can be best thing for balancing mood and growing healthy kids.
Importance of Vitamin B12 in depression and OCD:
There are plenty of studies that show the importance of B12 in mental health. It is a major cofactor in the production of your neurotransmitters, such as serotonin. As vitamin B12’s richest source is from animal products it is important for vegans and vegetarians to include some additional B12 in their diet. I do see a lot of vegetarians in my clinic and low B12 is often a problem. Here’s a randomised control study showing the effectiveness of B12 along side SSRI treatment for depression. Here’s another one looking at the link between low B12 and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.
Look out for the next Naturopathic Research Update instalment soon!
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- Lathi RB, Liebert CA, Brookfield KF, Taylor JA, vom Saal FS, Fujimoto VY, Baker VL. Conjugated bisphenol A in maternal serum in relation to miscarriage risk. Fertil Steril. 2014;102(1)
- Gur EB, Gokduman A, Turan GA, Tatar S, Hepyilmaz I, Zengin EB, Eskicioglu F, Guclu S. Mid-pregnancy vitamin D levels and postpartum depression. Eur J Obstet Gynecol Reprod Biol. 2014;179:110-6
- Gustafsson PA, Birberg-Thornberg U, Duchen K, et al. EPA supplementation improves teacher-rated behaviour and oppositional symptoms in children with ADHD. Acta Paediatr. 2010;99(10):1540-1549.
- Milte CM, Parletta N, Buckley JD, Coates AM, Young RM, Howe PR. Eicosapentaenoic and docosahexaenoic acids, cognition, and behavior in children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder: a randomized controlled trial. Nutrition. 2012;28(6):670-677.
- Chasse J ND, Are Omega-3 Fatty Acids the Answer to Behavioral Problems in Kids? Natural Medicine Journal. October 2014 Vol. 6 Issue 10
- Syed EU, Wasay M, Awan S. Vitamin B12 supplementation in treating major depressive disorder: a randomized controlled trial. Open Neurol J. 2013 Nov 15;7:44-8
- American Botanical Council, Herbal Clip HC# 111337-495