SAFFRON – the natural way to treat depression

Every year, about one in 25 Australian adults meets the criteria for being diagnosed with depression, with women more likely to be diagnosed compared to men (9.9% for women compared to 5.6% for men) More than 1 in 10 people are currently taking anti depressants, with Australia being the second highest prescriber of anti depressant…

Turmeric – an alternative to anti depressant medication?

Turmeric, botanical name Curcuma longa, has been used for thousands of years as a medicinal herb. It has been used traditionally in countries such as India, China and Thailand for conditions as varied as poor digestion, skin conditions, jaundice, insect bites, fevers, sprains, arthritis and gastrointestinal ulcers. There have been thousands of studies investigating the…

Depression, anxiety and mental health – the nutritional connection

The human brain is an exceptionally complicated organ with around 100 billion brain cells in the average adult. Every single emotion, thought and action relies on communication between these cells and it is the role of chemicals called neurotransmitters to trigger this communication. Research has shown that most mental disorders involve imbalanced levels of or…