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Phosphatidylserine for the Winter Blues?

By November 15, 2012

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For many people, mood disorders become more common during the winter months. In an effort to improve mood and protect against depression, some people turn to phosphatidylserine (a natural substance sold in dietary form). An essential component of the cell membrane, phosphatidylserine is thought to play a key role in helping to regulate mood.

While research on the health effects of phosphatidylserine is very limited, there's some evidence that it may help ward off depression. For instance, animal-based research indicates that phosphatidylserine may offer antidepressive benefits.

Studies show that a number of alternative therapies could help with mood problems. For instance, there's a good deal of evidence that taking up yoga, practicing meditation, or undergoing massage therapy might enhance your mood. In addition, research indicates that dietary supplements like vitamin D and omega-3 fatty acids may help fight off seasonal affective disorder (a mood disorder that tends to occur during the fall and winter months). Read the article: Phosphatidylserine - What You Need to Know.

Comments
November 16, 2012 at 2:44 pm
(1) GP says:

This is very interesting, I had not heard that phosphatidylserine could be used for depression. Itís always good to have more options for treating depression, and natural ones especially are nice, since I know many people do not seek prescription antidepressants due to the unfortunate stigma surrounding them. However, for anyone who chooses to use phosphatidylserine (or any other natural product), be sure to check with your pharmacist or doctor first, as many can have unwanted side effects or interactions. For example, did you know that phosphatidylserine might make Coumadin, Plavix, and other blood-thinners less effective? For healthcare providers, to help answer patientsí questions about herbal products, a good source for scientific information is Natural Standard (naturalstandard.com), a peer-reviewed database of scientific literature on complementary and alternative medicine.

December 9, 2012 at 10:56 am
(2) Sam Oneal says:

Millions of people worldwide have to deal with sinus problems that are usually accompanied by facial pain and terrible headaches, clogged nasal passages and constant feeling of discomfort. So, how to use a neti pot ? Unfortunately, you will not manage to find any official medical guidelines on its use, but this supply is usually provided with inserts that explain how to use it. If you want to know more details on proper use, go on reading.

December 21, 2012 at 11:39 pm
(3) Helen Wong says:

Hello, yes I also agree with the previous comment. I have also used the naturalstandard website on several occassions and find it helpful.

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