Do muskrats fight depression?

This reminds me of our depression buster search a couple of years ago on this blog. A smart elick recently asked me if eating rat fights depression. I said, “You joke but I bet I can find the nutrient profile of a rat, or at least get pretty close.” Behold the nutrient profile of a…

Chicken liver and arsenic: More than you bargained for?

So you are thinking about trying Mom’s chicken liver and rice casserole and have heard that your chicken liver may well have a whole lot of arsenic in it. What to do? First, I do like liver for its nutrient density. Chicken liver is high in B vitamins, iron, and zinc, all of which fight…

Signs of Low Iron: The Common Markers

What are the signs that you may be low in iron? The problem is that unless you are technically anemic, it may be easy to miss that you are not at your optimum level of iron. Some of the common signs of low iron include: Extreme fatigue (even with sufficient sleep). Inability to finish tasks…

Can birth control pills cause a B vitamin deficiency?

When you take a synthetic estradiol hormone for birth control (aka “the pill), can you end up with a B vitamin deficiency? Someone recently asked me about this issue and I looked it up in the Drug-Induced Nutrient Depletion Handbook. The basic idea is that your body has to metabolize any sort of medication and…

Herring & Omega 3: Does it pack a punch?

Herring is a surprisingly healthy little fish packed with Omega 3 fatty acids. The Omega 3s in herring are crucial to health, particularly to our brain health. If you are Omega 3 deficient, you may well have depression (Omega 3 and depression) and diseases such as Alzheimer’s. Omega 3s are used in a host of…

Happy Easter!

Easter always seems to sneak up on me and this year so did the concept that we need two Easter baskets. “Oh no, two?” “How exciting! Two!” We actually had two baskets last year as well when Alastair was just a few months old. In fact the basket pictured was his with a few flowers…

Canned Salmon & Omega 3: A Good Value?

Salmon is a great fatty fish, loaded with Omega 3 fatty acids. Omega 3 fatty acids fight depression which make them my favorite fat here at the Rebuild blog. But what about canned salmon? Do we lose something in the process of canning? We lose some flavor and texture of course, but with the great…

How much folic acid in beef liver? A whole lot

The great thing about beef liver is that it has the real food form of folic acid, folate, and it has a whole lot of it. Liver contains over 65% of the daily requirement of folate for a 30-something woman. You can check out folic acid in food at a list developed by the USDA….

Signs of magnesium deficiency: Is that your muscle cramping?

The most common signs of magnesium deficiencies center around muscle twitches and cramps. If you are plagued by severe cramps in your legs (“Charlie Horses”), this might be a sign of magnesium deficiency. If your have twitches in your temple, this might be a sign of magnesium deficiency. If you have muscle tremors, this might…

Is a one-a-day vitamin helpful for depression?

I was at a meeting recently and happened to mention the link between nutrient deficiencies and depression, such as magnesium and Omega 3. My colleague asked if a one-a-day vitamin would be helpful for depression. My response in a nutshell was that probably wouldn’t hurt but it’s not the targeted treatment that people need. I…

Nutrients in scallops (and an easy cooking idea)

Sea scallops are a great depression-fighting food. They are loaded with vitamin B-12 (a vitamin for depression), zinc, magnesium, and iron. In the book Rebuild from Depression, I list scallops as a “depression buster food.” I buy my scallops at Trader Joe’s and always look for their giant scallops. They are amazingly tender if you…