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Nutrient Spotlight: Benefits of B Vitamins

…The dynamic trio of folic acid and vitamins B6 and B12 also improves mood. These nutrients play an indirect but critical role in the formation of serotonin and other neurotransmitters, and deficiencies—as well as high levels of homocysteine—are linked with mood disorders. Although B-complex vitamins…

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GABA: A Natural Anxiety Treatment

…nerve cells, GABA reduces stress by toning down “excitatory” stimuli in the brain. Plus, this natural anxiety treatment boosts dopamine and serotonin levels, which helps create an overall sense of calm. Now, new research suggests GABA may also help prevent type 2 diabetes. Researchers at UCLA found…

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8 Secrets the Weight Loss Industry Won’t Give You

…grams) for lunch. Eat a half cup of beans (6-8 grams) at dinner. 8. Nip stress eating in the bud with saffron. Saffron naturally boosts levels of serotonin, which influences satiety, appetite, mood, compulsiveness, and anxiety. One way to get the benefits of saffron is by adding this spice to your cooking…

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How to End the Obesity Epidemic, No Willpower Required

…that causes you to crave more snacks. Tips To End the Obesity Epidemic * How to stop stress eating with saffron. Saffron naturally boosts levels of serotonin, which influences satiety, appetite, mood, compulsiveness and anxiety. One way to get the benefits of saffron is by adding this spice to your cooking…

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Use Light Therapy for SAD

…affects millions of people worldwide and more women than men. Not surprisingly, the most popular conventional SAD treatment is serotonin-altering antidepressants (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRIs) such as Prozac, Zoloft and Paxil. But these drugs are riddled with side effects ranging from…

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4 Comfort Foods You Can Enjoy Guilt-Free

Cooler weather often leads to cravings for “comfort foods.” Why? It's all about our survival instinct. With shorter days, your body tells you to eat more carbohydrates which spark the production of serotonin—the mood-lifting chemical in your brain. Plus, colder temperatures up your body’s…

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How to Overcome Stress

…fostering communication between nerve cells, GABA controls anxiety by toning down “excitatory” stimuli in the brain. Plus, it boosts dopamine and serotonin levels, which helps create an overall sense of calm. * Drink Green Tea: Green tea contains abundant amounts of L-theanine, an amino acid known for…

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Natural Appetite Suppressants

…tea. For extra help, try the amino acid 5-hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP), which cuts cravings, particularly for carbohydrates, by naturally balancing serotonin levels. Hoodia gordonii, a succulent native to southern Africa, is another one of nature’s appetite suppressants. Used by San Bushmen in the Kalahari…

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Thanksgiving Dinner Traditions: Did You Know?

…when you gather around the table later. * Turkey contains small amounts of tryptophan. A direct precursor to the “feel-good” neurotransmitter serotonin, this amino acid gives your body the raw materials it needs to enhance mood naturally. Tryptophan also increases production of the sleep hormone melatonin…

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B-Complex Vitamins Reduce Work-Related Stress

…associated with an increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease. * Improve mood. This trio of vitamins plays an indirect but critical role in the formation of serotonin and other neurotransmitters. Plus, other research has found links between B vitamin deficiencies—as well as high levels of homocysteine—and mood…

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Why Dark Chocolate Makes a Great Stocking Stuffer

…dark chocolate every day for two weeks, they had reduced excretion of stress hormones. Compounds in chocolate stimulate the release of endorphins, serotonin, phenylethylamine, and other neurotransmitters that simply make you feel better. Other components such as theobromine relax the nervous system and…

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