Can PPD Be Prevented with Supplements?

Given the need to develop treatments that are compatible with breastfeeding, the intake of dietary supplements of monoamine precursors in the early postpartum period would be a promising strategy to maintain a sufficient balance of monoamines during this time. This includes the administration of precursor supplements such as the amino acids tryptophan and tyrosine, which the body can convert into the neurotransmitters serotonin, norepinephrine, and dopamine, respectively.
“Our results have the exciting potential for prevention for severe postpartum blues. This could have an impact on prevention and treatment of postpartum depression in the future”, says Julia Sacher, first author of the study.

Problem Prenatals…

According to, there are 7 major problems with prenatal vitamins.  Poor Quality: Most prenatal vitamins contain poor quality, synthetic forms of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants like an inferior form of B12 called Cyancobalamin (that’s harder on your liver) and the cheap, hard to absorb, Calcium Carbonate. Inadequate Potency: Most have inadequate potency (not enough … Continue reading

Mental Health Tied to Chromium and Insulin

Insulin’s job is simple enough. However, the body can stop responding to insulin – a condition called insulin resistance (IR). Dr. David Katz of the Yale Prevention Research Center defines IR as when insulin can no longer inject enough glucose into the body`s cells for fuel. Rather than feeding the body, sugars and fats build up to dangerous levels in the blood, and contribute to chronic and debilitating disease. Meanwhile, the cells are starving, so the person eats more and never feels satiated. IR is on the rise, with more than 60 million Americans at risk. The common signs of IR include obesity, elevated blood pressure, high triglycerides, fatigue, cognitive problems, hypoglycemia, bloating and depression.

Eight Natural Ways to Boost Serotonin and Mood

Our brain produces neurotransmitters like serotonin which play an important role in how we feel each day. Many people experience pain, stress, depression and anxiety associated with low serotonin levels. Fortunately, there are plenty of natural ways we can boost our mood by helping our body produce the right amount of serotonin.

Check out IFM’s Educational Opportunities

Here are some intriguing presentations from The Institute for Functional Medicine’s 16th International Symposium, titled “Illuminating the Path Forward: Integrating New Approaches for the Evaluation and Treatment of Mood Disorders”.

Data on Magnesium and Mood

“Even though the patients were still being treated with lithium (n =10), haloperidol (n = 5), and/or clonazepam (n = 10) for the duration of the study, medication dosages could be decreased significantly with the addition of magnesium sulphate to the treatment regimens.”

New Research: The Impact of Maternal Nutrient Status on Mental Health

Nutrients are essential for brain growth and development, as well as for good physical and mental health. It is often assumed that people living in developed countries have adequate nutrient intake, yet deficiencies are extremely common. The impact of poor diet is magnified by pregnancy, when a woman’s nutrient needs increase and the fetus depletes maternal reserves.