Ask the Doctor Jan 2016
Author by Saira Gillani, ND
What are some good vitamins for anxiety and depression?
Alpha Lipoic Acid – This nutrient protects against theneuronal injury that occurs in the presence of toxic proteins found in brain tissue of Alzheimer’s patients. Research clearly indicates that lipoic acid is a potentneuroprotective antioxidant which strengthens memory and stimulates nerve growth.
B Vitamins – Folate, Vitamin B6 and B12 are important in methylation processes. Deficiencies in one of these vitamins can raise homocysteine levels which is linked to increased Alzheimer’s risk. Vitamin B1 protects against mitochondrial dysfunction that causes dementia. B12 improves frontal lobe functionssuchaslanguage, especially in the elderly.
Zinc – Low functional status of zinc is linked to negative alterations of the immune-inflammatory system, which can cause depression, impair learning and memory and a reduce neurogenesis.
5-HTTP – 5 5-HTP (5-Hydroxytryptophan) is a chemical by-product of the protein building block L-tryptophan. It is also produced commerciallyfrom the seeds of an African plant (Griffoniasimplicifolia). 5-HTP works in the brain and central nervous system byincreasing the production of the chemical serotonin. Serotonin can affect sleep, appetite, temperature, sexual behavior, and pain sensation. Since 5-HTP increases the synthesis of serotonin, it is used for several diseases where serotonin is believed to play an important role including depression, insomnia, obesity, and many other conditions.
What are some ways to control your cravings during the holidays?
Pre-plan what you are going to be eating at holiday parties by making a healthy side and focus on vegetables and protein. If you are going to be eating at a restaurant look at the menu ahead of timeand decide what you will eat before you arrive. Also, if you knowyou will be eating more than usual, get an extra cardio work out in.
What are some common dairy substitutes?
Some substitutes to dairy in cheese are sheep and goat cheese. Some substitutes to milk products include cashew milk, almond milk, and coconut milk. The brand I recommend is Silk.
About the Doctor
Dr. Saira Gillani, ND is the Senior Director of Operations and Naturopathic Medicine at Advanta Total Health. She is Double Board Certified as a Traditional Naturopath and in Nutritional Wellness from ANCB. Her goal is to educate patients to take charge of their health. Her expertise include Diabetes, High Blood Pressure, Weight Management, and Rheumatic Conditions. She specializes in allergy and nutritional testing and offers many medical tests for food and substance sensitivities, vitamin and mineral deficiencies, etc. Visit www.drsairand.com to learn more or call 770-955-2225