Nutrition & The Mind
Fact Sheet

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Green tea contains a powerful anti-psychotic, anti-depressant ingredient? No wonder the British and south Asians love it. It’s l-theanine.1

Scientists are reporting new research indicates sugar may be the original gateway drug. Refined sugar consumption appears to change childrens’ brain chemistry in such a way that, essentially, indulging sweet cravings may set the stage for other forms of addiction as well as ADHD.2

Common anti-depressants like Prozac and Effexor can create many of the same symptoms they’re supposed to help, including impaired cognition, reduced libido, emotional blunting, and thoughts of suicide.3

Depression has been linked to Metabolic Syndrome—the combination of of high blood pressure, obesity and diabetes sweeping the US—and chronic inflammation appears to be the common denominator.4

Vitamin C is a powerful natural anti-inflammatory, and humans are among the few mammals that can’t make plenty of vitamin C in their own bodies from blood sugar. If humans were making vitamin C at the rate most mammals do (given our body weight) we’d be making somewhere in the neighborhood of 14-17,000 mg/day.5

Eating a Mediterranean-style diet—little red meat, plenty of fish, whole grains and vegetables and olive oil—can reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease by almost half.6

One in three US adults uses some form of alternative medicine every year.7


 1. Wakabayashi, C. et al. 2011. Behavioral and molecular evidence for psychotropic effects in l-theanine. Psychopharmacology (Berlin). Aug 23.

 2. Johnson, RJ et al. 2011. Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder: is it time to reappraise the role of sugar consumption? Postgrad Med. 123(5):39-49.

 3. Moncrieff, J., Goldsmith, L. 2011. The psychoactive effects of antidepressants and their association with suicidality. Curr Drug Saf. Apr;6(2):115-21.

 4. Capuron, L., et al. 2008. Depressive symptoms and metabolic syndrome: is inflammation the underlying link? Biol Psychiatry. 64(10):896-900.

 5. Pauling, L. 1970. Vitamin C and the Common Cold and Flu. San Francisco: W.H. Freeman & Co.

 6. Feart, C., Samiere, C., Barberger-Gateau, P. 2010. Mediterranean diet and cognitive function in older adults. Curr Opin Clin Nutr Metab Care. 13(1):14-8.

 7. Tindle, H.A. et al. 2005. Trends in use of complementary and alternative medicine by US adults: 1997-2002. Altern Ther Health Med. 11(1):42-9.