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An association between vitamin D deficiency and many mood disorders has been suggested in several studies. These associations include major depressive disorder, seasonal affective disorder (SAD), premenstrual syndrome and other depressive disorders. Peer-reviewed research studies were located in various data-bases searching for studies investigating vitamin D and depression, seasonal affective disorder, PMS, postpartum depression, perinatal […]

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A small randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, crossover trial of fourteen postmenopausal women was completed using 3.5 gm of powdered Maca (Lepidium meyenii) for 6 weeks and matching placebo for 6 weeks. Measurements of estradiol, follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), luteinizing hormone (LH), and sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG) were taken at baseline, and weeks 6 and 12. The […]

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Fatigue is one of those experiences we all have had, at one time or another – either from too much work, too little sleep, stress, recovering from a trip, during a cold/flu, or what have you. This is not the kind of fatigue that really plagues some of us. Chronic fatigue syndrome or being persistently […]

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Perimenopause and Depression

Two recent longitudinal studies evaluated the onset of depression during the perimenopausal transition. The first study followed 436 women without a history of depression, over 8 years. Correlation of hormonal changes with any new onset of depression was recorded. 116 women developed an increase in depressed moods and 59 met the clinical criteria for a […]

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