Wednesday, 31 December 2008

Depression and St John's Wort

St John's Wort plant is as effective as Prozac for treating DEPRESSION, say scientists.

St John's Wort has become a popular alternative to anti-depressants such as Prozac and Seroxat in recent years following fears over the safety of SSRI (selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitor) drugs.

But the herbal extract St John's Wort now has more than just cheerful converts to testify to its mood-lifting powers. In what is billed as the most thorough study of the plant, scientists have found it is just as effective as Prozac at treating depression.

It also had fewer side effects than many standard drugs used to help those battling despair. In Germany, it is commonly given to children and teenagers.

A separate study has found St John's Wort, available in countless health shops, is the only alternative medicine proven to have an effect.

[By Daniel Martin, The Daily Mail.]

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Tuesday, 2 December 2008

Benefits of zinc for male fertility

“Recent research suggests that one in six British couple has fertility problems and two million men have low fertility.

What can men do if their sperm count is shown to be low?

‘This problem could well be due to a combination of stress, pollution, excessively warm, tight underwear and poor diet, says Dame Shirley Bond, A GP who specialises in this area.

Aside from attention to lifestyle, clothing and diet, Dr Bond suggests that men preparing to father a child could benefit by simply taking a zinc supplement during the preconception period.

Zinc is needed to keep mature sperm in a quiescent state and keep the genetic material tightly packed and stable within each sperm head.”

Good quality zinc can be purchased from

[Health Matters, Feb. 2006, Vol.8 No. 2]

SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder)

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