(PRWEB) August 30, 2012
The Consumer Justice Foundation, a for-profit corporation that is staffed by a team of professionals who make it their mission to provide free online informational resources to consumers regarding the potential dangers of using certain prescription medications, hereby alerts the public of the conclusions drawn by the results of a recent study that state that eating certain types of food can have the same effect on a person’s mood as using the medication known as Depakote.
Specifically, the study was led by Karina Martinez-Mayorga, Ph.D. who completed it with a team of researchers at the Torrey Pines Institute for Molecular Studies. It was entitled, “Good mood foods: Some flavors in some foods resemble a prescription mood stabilizer” and it was presented recently at a meeting of the American Chemical Society.
The study looked at the effects of eating certain foods such as chocolate, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries and certain types of tea and found that they have had the same mood stabilizing effect as valproic acid. Valproic acid is the active ingredient in Depakote, and it is prescribed for some people to help them control their mood swings that are part of bipolar disorder.
“Molecules in chocolate, a variety of berries and foods containing omega-3 fatty acids have shown positive effects on mood. In turn, our studies show that some commonly used flavor components are structurally similar to valproic acid,” Dr. Martinez-Mayorga stated when describing the approach used by the study, which involved scanning the chemistry of different foods to look for indicators that could have effects on human feelings and behavior.
However, Dr. Martinez-Mayorga also stated that ingesting these foods should not be seen as a substitute for medication that is prescribed by medical doctors to treat medical conditions. Additional study will be necessary before any tangible steps can be taken that could lead to a more natural solution for stabilizing someone’s mood.
About the Consumer Justice Foundation
The Consumer Justice Foundation, whose Web site is located at http://www.consumerjusticefoundation.com, is a public resource that's been built and maintained by a group of concerned professionals who want to provide general information for consumers regarding the potential dangers involved with the use of Depakote while pregnant. This resource is not to be considered as medical or legal advice, which should only be dispensed by a licensed medical doctor or a Depakote lawyer.