Problem Prenatals…

According to http://www.soundformulas.com, 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

Perinatal Depression: Prevalence, Risks, and the Nutrition Link—A Literature Review

Research on the relationship between nutrition and brain function is remarkably large and reaches back almost 90 years.

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.

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.”

Alternative Treatments for Postpartum Mood Disorders

Here is an excellent article from Mothering.com that includes great advice from many sources, including Kathleen Kendall-Tackett and PSI president Birdie Meyer. The Pfeiffer Treatment Center in Warrenville, Illinois is especially remarkable for reporting the link between high copper and severe postpartum anxiety issues like postpartum psychosis and postpartum obsessive/compulsive disorder.  Look for an in-depth post … Continue reading

Are Prenatal Vitamins Effective?

This article is a REPRINT, offered to newer readers of WellPostpartum Weblog.  Be sure and read to the bottom for an excellent product resource by Dr. Dean Raffelock of http://www.pregnancyrecovery.com. Recommended Daily Allowances for Pregnant Women Could we have a false sense of security because women use prenatal vitamins?  When I first realized that most commercially-available prenatal vitamins … Continue reading

About.com: Minerals and Depression

Deficiencies in a number of minerals can also cause depression.

Magnesium: Deficiency can result in depressive symptoms, along with confusion, agitation, anxiety, and hallucinations, as well as a variety of physical