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Sugars Impact Is Staggering

From eNewsletter 4/24/2023

DID YOU KNOW that a new study from Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry found melatonin may reduce self-harm in young people with anxiety and depression?

Melatonin is a hormone that controls the sleep-wake cycle and is most commonly prescribed for sleep disturbances. The study identified over 25,500 children and teenagers between the ages of 6 and 18 who were prescribed melatonin. Over 87 percent had at least one psychiatric disorder, mainly attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, anxiety disorders, depression, or autism spectrum disorder.

The risk of self-harm decreased by about half in the months following the initiation of treatment. Risk reduction was particularly evident among adolescent girls with depression and/or anxiety disorders.

Given the recent uptick in risk of self-harm and suicide over the last decade, this is a welcome finding. From a scientific perspective, this makes sense because melatonin works the serotonin pathway. Serotonin is know as the "happy" hormone.

We always suggest discussing melatonin supplementation with a knowledgable health professional first.


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Breathtaking Impact of "Free" Sugar

Steve: Those of you who have been reading our newsletter for years have absorbed countless studies on the negative impact of added sugars. Sugar inflames, ages, depresses, and are a mere few among the gaggle of deleterious effects.

A new study from The BMJ attempted to gauge the impact of "free" sugar on disease. The authors used the term free sugar similarly to how we use the term added sugars. That is, any sugar that is not naturally occurring in food. So, this study does not include fruit and vegetables in their natural state.

The researchers found significant harmful associations between dietary free sugar consumption and 18 endocrine/metabolic outcomes, 10 cardiovascular outcomes, 7 cancer outcomes, and 10 other outcomes [neuropsychiatric, dental, hepatic (liver and pancreas), osteal (bone), and allergic] were detected.

There are few aspects of our wellbeing that free sugar does not negatively impact. Moreover, for many, limiting or avoiding free sugar is as difficult as as avoiding nicotine or addictive drugs. Please know that we've seen many find success through behavioral and dietary modification.


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