Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Vitamin B6 Status & Depression


A recent cross-sectional study involving 422 municipal employees (aged 21-67 years) who participated in a baseline survey in 2006 for cross-sectional analysis, and 210 subjects without depressive symptoms at baseline (2006) who completed both baseline and follow-up (2009) surveys for prospective analysis, found that a higher vitamin B6 status may be associated with a decreased risk of depressive symptoms. In longitudinal analyses, higher B6 concentrations at baseline were associated with a trend toward reduced depressive symptoms after 3 years. These results highlight the relationship between vitamin B6 status and depression in adults.
For more information on how naturopathic medicine can improve mood concerns, contact your Naturopathic Doctor.

Yours in health,
Dr. Tara Andresen ND

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Iron and Vitamin B6 Deficiency Linked to Panic Attacks

A recent study out of Japan measured vitamin B6 and iron levels in 21 people with panic disorder and found both B6 and iron to be low compared to the control group. They also measured vitamin B2 and B12 but found no difference in these levels between the groups.

More research is required to confirm the mechanism involved but we do know that vitamin B6 is involved in serotonin production and that low serotonin contributes to anxiety. The connection to low iron is less clear but further study is required.

To find out more how naturopathic medicine can improve anxiety and mood disorders, see your Toronto Naturopath for a full assessment and treatment plan.

Yours in health,
Dr. Tara Andresen ND
Naturopathic Doctor
Toronto, Ontario
www.drtaraandresennd.com

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Vitamin K Enhances Bone Density Improvements in Postmenopausl Women.


In a study involving postmenopausal women divided into 4 groups (1 control group plus 3 intervention groups all of whom attended biweekly sessions and received fortified dairy products containing calcium and  vitamin D3; in 2 of the groups, the dairy was also enriched with vitamin K1 or K2), significant increases in serum total body bone mass density (BMD) were found in all 3 intervention groups, but significant increases in the BMD of the lumbar spine was found only in the groups also fortified with vitamin K1 or K2, as compared to the control group. The authors conclude, "... the present study revealed more favorable changes in bone metabolism and bone mass indices for the two vitamin K-supplemented groups, mainly reflected in the suppression of serum levels of bone remodeling indices and in the more positive changes in lumbar spine BMD for these two study groups."

For more information on how naturopathic medicine can improve bone density, see your Naturopathic Doctor for a full assessment and treatment plan.

Yours in Health,
Dr. Tara Andresen ND
Naturopathic Doctor

1100 Bathurst Street
Toronto, Ontario  M5R 3G9
(647) 330-1551

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Magnesium May Reduce Asthma Symptoms in Children

A 2 month double-blind, randomized, parallel, placebo-controlled study involving 37 patients, aged 7-19 years, found that oral magnesium supplementation helped to reduce bronchial reactivity, diminish allergen-induced skin responses and provide better symptom control in pediatric patients with moderate persistent asthma. The magnesium group experienced fewer asthma exacerbations and used less salbutamol to control their asthma than the placebo group. Results suggest oral magnesium supplementation reduced reactivity to methacholine, diminished allergic responses and provided better symptom control in pediatric patients with moderate persistent asthma and treated with inhaled fluticasone.

For more information on how naturopathic medicine can improve asthma, see your Naturopathic Doctor for a full assessment and treatment plan.


Yours in Health,
Dr. Tara Andresen ND
Naturopathic Doctor

1100 Bathurst Street
Toronto, Ontario  M5R 3G9
(647) 330-1551



Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Cinnamon May Benefit Diabetics

A recent meta-analysis in the Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that cinnamon may have a positive effect on blood sugar control. The researchers found that fasting blood glucose levels were lower among those regularly consuming cinnamon. The doses of cinnamon ranged from 1 to 6 grams which is between 1/4 and 1.5 teaspoons per day for up to 4 months.


These results suggest that short term usage of cinnamon may lower the glycemic index in patients with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus.

For more information on natural healthcare options for diabetes, contact your local naturopath.

Yours in Health,
Dr. Tara Andresen ND
Naturopathic Doctor
Toronto, ON

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Soda Consumption and Risk of Stroke

The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition recently published the results of a prospective cohort study that show  increased consumption of both sugar-sweetened and low-calorie sodas are associated with an increased risk of stroke.  The researchers collected data from 84,085 women followed for 28 years (Nurses' Health Study) and 43,371 men followed for 22 years (Health Professionals Follow Up Study). More information is required to determine the reason for this association.

For more information on natural approaches to limit the risk for stroke and other cardiovascular diseases, contact your local Naturopath.

Yours in Health,
Dr. Tara Andresen ND

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Acupuncture Effective in Pain Management for Migraine Attacks

A multicenter, single-blinded, randomized controlled clinical trial found that acupuncture relieved pain and reduced the usage of acute medication for 150 patients experiencing migraine attacks from March 2007 to February 2009. The treatment group received acupuncture while the control group received sham acupuncture when having a migraine attack. In both groups, medications were allowed if the pain failed to be relieved two hours after the acupuncture. The treatment group experienced more relief as measured by visual analog scale (VAS) scores for pain. The results suggest that treatment with acupuncture may be an effective tool for pain management and medication reduction.


For more information on naturopathic treatment for migraine headaches, contact your local naturopathic doctor.

Yours in Health,
Dr. Tara Andresen, ND

Dr. Tara Andresen is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor (ND) practicing in Toronto, Ontario. She follows an evidence-based approach to naturopathic medicine , incorporating the latest scientific research into effective treatment plans for a wide variety of health concerns.