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Postpartum Depression and Homocysteine

From Dr. Lauren Deville - Naturopathic Doctor

About 50% of women experience “baby blues,” or a brief period of mild depression for a few days to a few weeks after giving birth. But 10-20% will suffer more severe postpartum depression. Every pregnant woman has very high levels of hormones (estrogen, progesterone, prolactin, and oxytocin) when pregnant, and these hormones plummet precipitously after [...]

Postpartum Depression and Homocysteine

By |2018-03-16T13:23:17+00:00March 16th, 2018|Categories: Articles, Conditions & Treatments, folate, folic acid, homocysteine, Mental Health, Women's Health|Tags: |Comments Off on Postpartum Depression and Homocysteine

Spotlight on: L-Theanine

From Dr. Lauren Deville - Naturopathic Doctor

There are a number of reasons why tea is good for you: the antioxidant content is incredible, for instance, and it decreases risk of stroke, diabetes, cholesterol, obesity, hypertension, and even depression. But it also contains an excellent nootropic (substance that enhances cognition): L-Theanine. L-Theanine’s Biochemical Cousins Protein (one of the three major macronutrients) is made [...]

Spotlight on: L-Theanine

By |2017-12-22T10:24:53+00:00December 22nd, 2017|Categories: Articles, black tea, cognition, dopamine, GABA, glutamate, green tea, L-Theanine, Mental Health, NMDA, nootropic, serotonin, theanine|Tags: , |Comments Off on Spotlight on: L-Theanine

The Neuroprotective Effects of Progesterone

From Dr. Lauren Deville - Naturopathic Doctor

Most of us think of progesterone only as a sex hormone. However, like its parent hormone pregnenolone, progesterone has been well studied for its neuroprotective effects. Progesterone and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Most of the studies with respect to TBI involve administration of progesterone within 6 hours of the original injury. Within this window, studies [...]

The Neuroprotective Effects of Progesterone

By |2017-11-17T16:22:51+00:00November 17th, 2017|Categories: Articles, Mental Health|Comments Off on The Neuroprotective Effects of Progesterone

Pregnenolone, Memory, and Concentration

From Dr. Lauren Deville - Naturopathic Doctor

Pregnenolone is a steroid hormone produced from cholesterol, and it’s the parent of the rest of your sex and adrenal hormones (DHEA, cortisol, aldosterone, estradiol, estrone, estriol, progesterone, and testosterone). Because it’s the parent of all of them, it tends to have a balancing effect on both pathways. Mostly it gets made in the adrenal glands, [...]

Pregnenolone, Memory, and Concentration

By |2017-09-15T12:00:13+00:00September 15th, 2017|Categories: Articles, Mental Health|Comments Off on Pregnenolone, Memory, and Concentration

Why Stress Tanks Your Excitement and Focus

Neurophysiology 101 Dopamine is perhaps best known as the “pleasure” neurotransmitter, because it’s the currency used in the nucleus accumbens, or the part of the brain known as “the pleasure center.” It’s also one of the catecholamine neurotransmitters: its progeny are norepinephrine and epinephrine (better known as adrenaline). Together and [...]

By |2017-10-19T12:12:28+00:00July 21st, 2017|Categories: Articles, Mental Health|0 Comments