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Blueberries May Be An Effective Therapy For PTSD

April 10, 2015: 12:00 AM EST
In a study using animal models of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), U.S. researchers have demonstrated that blueberries might be a more effective treatment than antidepressant drugs. The only approved therapy for the condition is selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), like Zoloft and Paxil, but their effectiveness is marginal at best. The main reason seems to be an increase in norepinephrine (NE) when taking SSRIs. But blueberries increase beneficial serotonin without increasing norepinephrine. About eight percent of Americans suffer from PTSD.
Philip J. Ebenezer et al., "The Neuro-Protective Efficacy of Blueberry in an Animal Model of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)", News release, research presented at the 2015 Experimental Biology Meeting, April 10, 2015, © Ebenezer et al.
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