PCOS and Mental Health

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is a condition affecting between 4-8% of females of reproductive age, according to the NIH [1]. PCOS is characterized by symptoms of hyperandrogenism (e.g. acne, hirsutism, and alopecia), anovulation (e.g. irregular, infrequent, or absent menstrual cycles), and the growth of cysts on and around the ovaries [2]. Due to underlying causes…

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Best Diet for Energy & Mood

Just like you can’t drive a car without fuel, your body needs fuel to function. Not just about physically, but mentally too. Instead of gasoline, however, what gives us energy is certain nutrients from the diet. Nutrients can give us energy either as a substrate converted to ATP in our cells or by otherwise contributing…

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The Role of Folate; Conception, Pregnancy & Birth

Whether you are trying to get pregnant, or want to support a full-term, healthy pregnancy, folate is arguably the most important nutrient in your diet. Folate plays roles in both male and female fertility, fetal development, and in a pregnant mother’s health. MethylPro® now offers a 1 mg dose of L-methylfolate, which delivers a daily…

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L-Methylfolate for SSRI Resistance:

If you have been told you are SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor) resistant, you are far from alone. Between those who feel no effect from an SSRI whatsoever, and those who feel an initial effect that wanes over a couple of months, nearly two out of three patients with depression do not achieve remission with…

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The Gut’s Influence on Mental Health

The two-way (bidirectional) relationship between our brain and gut is often referred to as the gut-brain connection or gut-brain axis. The enteric nervous system (ENS) is a highly complex system of nerves found throughout the lining of the gut and generally communicates with the brain through the vagus nerve. An obvious example of this communication…

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What Foods Contain Folate?

Folate is an essential nutrient, meaning it must be consumed from the diet. It can be found naturally in some foods (such as spinach, asparagus, beans, and citrus fruits) and in fortified foods that contain the synthetic form of folate, known as folic acid. Ideally, our bodies would be able to utilize all of the…

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Can Stress Affect Methylation?

Whether you are staying at home or braving careful interactions as an essential worker, recent changes in our daily lives call for new ways of coping and an increased need for stress relief. Stress affects individuals differently, so each person and family is unique in the way they are experiencing this time of unprecedented change.…

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Folate vs Folic Acid

Vitamin B-9 is a water-soluble, essential nutrient which occurs naturally as “folate”, but can be synthesized and is often added to food and nutritional supplements as “folic acid”. Although vitamin B-9 is necessary for a number of crucial actions in the body (i.e. replication of DNA, making healthy red blood cells/protection from some types of…

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