Mind/Mood Boosters

SAMe Treats Both Depression and Arthritis

SAMe is an interesting supplement. Feeling “the blues” but not interested in taking Prozac? You might wonder about an alternative approach to depression and whether over-the-counter remedies can work on your moods. SAMe is a natural substance produced in the body (S-Adenosyl Methionine) when the amino acid L-methionine is combined with ATP. SAMe is most concentrated in the brain and liver, and occurs naturally in all human...

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Rhodiola Rosea (Golden Root) Information: Does Rhodiola Rosea Boost Mental And Physical Energy?

Rhodiola rosea, also known as golden root, is an herb that grows in cold areas of the world, such as the Arctic, Central Asia, the Rocky Mountains and the mountains of northern Europe. Russian physicians classify Rhodiola rosea as an adaptogen, that is, a substance that can help the body adapt to a variety of stresses. Adaptogenic herbs purportedly keep the body in balance without causing adverse side effects. Rhodiola rosea is a...

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Kratom Review & Information: Natural Stimulant & Sedative

Kratom, or Mitragyna speciosa, is a plant native to Thailand that is known to have both sedative and stimulating effects when taken orally or smoked. In lower doses, Kratom is a stimulant. In higher doses, it is more sedating. It is now illegal to grow Kratom in Thailand and most other countries in Southeast Asia. In the United States, mitragyna speciosa is classified as a drug or chemical of concern. The actions of kratom are...

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Gotu Kola: Information, Benefits and Side Effects

Gotu kola (Centella asiatica) is an important substance central to the ancient Hindu tradition of healing, known as Ayurveda. Cultures in India, China, and Indonesia used it for many different ailments. People ingested gotu kola and applied it topically for medicinal purposes and to enhance the experience of meditation in yoga. This creeping perennial with fan-shaped leaves grows around the world in hot climates. Its popularity as a...

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DMAE: Dimethylaminoethanol Review: Information & Benefits

DMAE = Dimethylaminoethanol, an analog of the essential nutrient choline. Choline serves a number vital functions, including maintaining the structure/function of cell membranes, normalizing homocysteine levels (via a metabolite, betaine), and serving as a precursor for acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter important to learning and memory. The latter is the rationale for DMAE supplementation. Choline transport across the blood-brain...

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Ginkgo Biloba Memory Booster: Information and Side Effects

Ginkgo biloba, the “miracle” memory booster, burst onto the North American market a few years ago with great success. Ginkgo is one of the ten top-selling herbal medications in the U.S. and Canada, where it’s classified as a dietary supplement. Neither the government or the medical community have universally approved Ginkgo biloba as a cure for dementia and memory loss, but this supplement has a reputation of...

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