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

More research on nutrition and mental wellness

The Potential of Nutritional Therapy A recent letter to the editor published in the prestigious Science magazine highlights EMPowerplus research as an example of “complex micronutrient supplementation for the treatment of mental illness.”1 Authors point out that “many studies of nutritional therapies of mental disorders were done in the past century and showed limited benefit, … Continue reading

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”.

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.

$5,000,000 to Study Prenatal Nutrition and Mood

Researchers in Canada have been awarded $5,000,000 to study how mother’s nutrition impacts her mental health and her children. The team of researchers looking at this question is called Alberta Pregnancy Outcomes and Nutrition team, or APRON.“There’s been an explosion of research around the world on nutrition and brain function,” says APRON team co-leader Dr. Bonnie Kaplan from … Continue reading

Importance of Prenatal Vitamin D Exposure

Children whose mothers receive more vitamin D during pregnancy are taller and have thicker bones than children whose mothers receive less, according to a new study conducted by researchers from Bristol University.” The study has reinforced calls for the British government to tackle the widespread problem of vitamin D deficiency.