Managing depression through diet

While there isn’t one fixed diet that could essentially ‘cure’ depression, there are certain foods that are known to help alleviate symptoms and others known to fuel and drive depressive symptoms. In her recent webinar ‘managing depression through diet’ Dr Nina Bailey explains the importance of understanding the effect of […]

The relationship between food and mood

Diet and mood have a very close relationship. This may be surprising for some, yet quite logical when considering the physiology of the human brain and how this determines our feelings of joy and excitement or feelings of sadness, despair and hopelessness. There are many mood enhancing foods out there […]

If you suffer from high cholesterol, high blood pressure, eczema, acne or psoriasis) chances are you are suffering from an omega-3 deficiency.

Recognising EFA deficiencies

Let’s start this controversial topic with a rather bold statement: If you are following a typical Western diet you are most likely to be deficient in omega-3 fatty acids. If you are following a typical LOW FAT Western diet, you are most likely to be deficient in ALL essential fatty […]

Sad about SAD?

While some enjoy crisp winter mornings, snow angels and early nights in front of open fires, others are gripped by the bleak darkness of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). For city slickers and country folk alike, our lifestyle changes with the seasons. Most of us do not have to pickle vegetables […]

Multivitamins and mineral supplements: a waste of money or a useful addition to the diet?

Recent media attention has suggested that vitamin and mineral supplements offer no health benefits from their consumption.  An article published in the Daily Mail reported two studies in which long-term use of vitamin and mineral supplements appeared to provide little if any protection against cognitive decline or developing cardiovascular disease. […]

Natural diets for ADHD and other neurodevelopmental problems, by nutrition scientist Kyla Williams

It can often be overwhelming when making decisions on what to feed your child with ADHD while overcoming fussy eating habits and behavioural issues. Meal times should not be difficult and stressful, so here is some practical advice on what to include and certain foods to consider avoiding. Neurodevelopmental disorders […]

Food Or Foe, by Lola Renton

Most of us have a friend who would rather chop off their right hand than add milk to their tea. Maybe it is you who wouldn’t force down a slice of toast even if your life depended on it? For many, refusing bread and milk is not just a fashion […]

Sugar highs and serotonin lows by Lola Renton 1

Most of us have experienced the typical three o’clock slump.  You are sitting in the office feeling irritated, moody and tired whilst staring at the biscuit tin in hope of salvation. You know that this tempting piece of sugary heaven does not do you any favours, but just the thought […]

EPA: nature’s antidepressant

Fish is a vital source of the long-chain omega-3 fatty acid EPA, which is crucial for balancing the mood-enhancing neurotransmitter serotonin (it has a similar action to SSRIs – selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors). One of the purposes of omega-3 fats is to ensure that cell membranes in the brain and body […]

Helen McNallen interviewed live on BBC Midlands, discusses natural treatments for depression

Broadcast live on Friday night, Helen McNallen (founder of the not-for-profit patient support site Depression Can Be Fun and mental health awareness campaigner) discussed the UK’s over-reliance on prescription drugs for depression, as well as natural and non-drug treatments and support networks available to depressed people. Helen convinced her psychiatrist […]

C.G., Herts

Taking Vegepa enabled me to reduce my tricyclic antidepressant by over 50% and, combined with diet, to reduce my weight by nearly 1 ½ stone. My weight and blood pressure are now normal and low! My mood is equivalent to taking SSRI antidepressants; not euphoric and unnatural, but retaining my […]