Beat the autumnal blues…

The nights are now well and truly drawing in and becoming colder and darker, so it’s common to feel low in mood.

Here are some helpful tips to keep you feeling upbeat:

Vitamin D This sunshine vitamin has been getting more and more press coverage in recent months and it’s an important vitamin in [...]


Are you SAD or just Grumpy?

In the summer can you take on the world and work all day, with buckets of energy? But in autumn and winter do you feel lethargic and eat more, especially carbs, and feel irritable or overly anxious? It could be that you are just lacking in light. These are some of the symptoms of [...]


An Introduction to Seasonal Affective Disorder and the Winter Blues

About SAD

Seasonal Affective Disorder, or S.A.D., is now officially recognised as a medical condition thought to affect over 2 million of the British population.

SAD can affect people of any age but most commonly it starts between the ages of 18-30. At one time it was thought that four times as many women [...]


Omega 3 and Depression in the Elderly

Chances are you have already heard of omegas, especially if you are health conscious or have read previous posts on this blog. The mighty essential fatty acids omega 3 and 6 are power houses of energy and also have a fantastic range of health benefits which covers the whole body (from head to toe).



Zinc – an effective treatment for depression?

A recent review indicates that zinc may be an effective addition to treatment for depression (1).

A recent review indicates that zinc may be an effective addition to treatment for depression.

Zinc is a co-factor in many enzymes that are involved in brain function. In fact there have been a number of human [...]


Beat the winter blues: diet and SAD

Previously I have written about the benefits of light therapy in treating seasonal affective disorder. Light therapy is a popular choice with those looking for a drug-free approach to dealing with SAD or the ‘winter blues’. An equally important consideration is how diet affects mood and symptoms in those with SAD – and in [...]


Light therapy for SAD: Looking on the Bright Side

While many look forward to the crisp and clear autumn and winter months, others find that they struggle through these months feeling tired and low. Seasonal Affective Disorder, also known as SAD, is a form of depression that is brought on when levels of natural sunlight are reduced. Symptoms tend to begin as the [...]


Could Saffron be useful for the treatment of depression?

Nutrition and natural remedies for the treatment and prevention of mood disorders and depression is something I am very interested in and have written a lot about.  Nutrition really can impact the brain and it would be wonderful to see nutritional and natural remedies being used more widely by the medical community.  Depression is [...]


Researchers find that eating trans-fats may increase the risk of depression

Studies have found that long chain omega 3 fatty acids, from oily fish such as salmon, trout, mackerel and sardines, may be useful in the prevention and treatment of depression and low mood.  Now research has found (1) that eating trans-fats may increase the risk of suffering depression, and that olive oil  may protect [...]


DHA supplementation may protect the ageing brain

 Docosahexaenoic acid, or DHA, is a long chain omega 3 fatty acid naturally found in oily fish such as mackerel, trout, sardines and salmon.  The brain contains a high proportion of DHA and, as you will see from my past blog posts, omega 3 fats have been linked to brain benefits including protection from depression and [...]