Blueberries May Help Relieve Depression

Depression is becoming more and more common, at younger ages. You don’t have to have been in combat to experience it. Many young people have faced traumatic life situations from family stress, bullying, to unexpected crises in health or relationships, and more. The skills and support needed for young persons to successfully cope with post traumatic stress, as well as for any one at any age, can be difficult to acquire. Pharmacological treatments have side effects, which can add to difficulty in coping and optimizing one out of depression.

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Beautiful, Healthy Blueberries!

Enter blueberries.

“For many people suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), available medical treatments offer only limited relief. In a series of studies conducted in rats, researchers have found that eating blueberries could help to reduce the genetic and biochemical drivers behind depression and suicidal tendencies associated with the disorder.”

Thanks to Drs. Joseph Francis and Everett D. Besch for their research in a nutritional source for increasing natural serotonin, found in blueberries. Albeit their studies have so far only been in mice, they are planning next to apply their research to humans.

“We need to conduct a clinical trial in people to be certain that this works, but based on our studies in animal models, there is evidence that blueberries may help to mitigate some of the problems associated with PTSD,” said Joseph Francis, Ph.D., the Everett D. Besch Professor of Veterinary Medicine at Louisiana State University’s School of Veterinary Medicine and the study’s senior author. “And in the meantime, it seems safe to say that eating blueberries can’t hurt — and may help — in people with PTSD.”

Blueberries can only help, filled with nutrients, rich in antioxidants, and fiber, what does one have to lose?

“The work builds on a study released last year, in which Francis and Ebenezer found that rats with the PTSD-like experience fed a blueberry-enriched diet showed increased levels of the signaling chemical serotonin in the brain. Since serotonin is associated with feelings of happiness and well-being, that study suggested blueberries might help to alleviate depression in patients with PTSD.”

Fresh, frozen, in a smoothie or by the handful, a cup or two of blueberries a day is a great way to test your happiness scale every day.

Quotes taken from and you can read more about this study at ScienceDaily.com

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Candace Dye is an Apriori Beauty Consultant and Neonatal Nurse Practitioner. Her passion is helping others to uncover and enhance their true inner radiance with tips for health, wellness, skin care and beauty!

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