The modern diet is heavy in omega 6 but lacking in omega 3. This can lead to chronic inflammation and has been linked with a host of health problems including heart disease, diabetes, and rheumatoid arthritis. Now, there is evidence that depression can be added to this list as well. Supplementing omega 3 fish oils brings the omega 3 to 6 ratio back in balance and reduces inflammation. This suggests it may reduce depression. But what does the evidence say? Can omega 3 fish oil help treat depression?
Just looking at chamomile is enough to make you feel relaxed! But there’s more to this daisy-like plant than just a pleasant appearance. Chamomile has long been believed to have calming effects – and there’s a significant body of evidence backing this up. In this post we take a look at the scientific research supporting chamomile for anxiety.
Valerian – the perennial plant with pink and white flowers – is a popular treatment for reducing anxiety. And many placebo-controlled trials have confirmed these anxiolytic effects. Valerian is so effective, in fact, that its impact has been compared to that of prescription drug diazepam, commonly known as Valium. In this article we take a look at the research surrounding valerian to understand how it works and how effective it really is for controlling anxiety.