Selenium During Pregnancy Protects Against Postpartum Depression

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Selenium During Pregnancy Protects Against Postpartum Depression | Vitality and Wellness

A randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled study (medicines gold standard for testing) involving 85 first time pregnant women in the first trimester of pregnancy, found that selenium supplementation during pregnancy may exert a protective effect against postpartum depression. 44 pregnant women were given 100ug of selenium daily and 41 women given a placebo daily until delivery. The symptoms of postpartum depression were evaluated during the eight weeks following delivery by means of the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS). Mean EPDS score was found to be significantly lower in the selenium-supplemented group, compared with the placebo group. Thus, the authors of this study conclude, “These findings suggest that supplementation with selenium during pregnancy might be an effective approach for the prevention of postpartum depression.” [1]

Greg’s Comments: Postnatal depression is a serious health problem not only for the mother but also for the family. These findings…..that an inexpensive mineral may play a major role in preventing postnatal depression, should be a big news item worldwide. Sadly it’s not, and women have to suffer and find relief in medical drugs or have counselling. To worsen the selenium dilemma Australian soils are amongst the most selenium-deficient soils in the world. 

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Reference: “Effect of supplementation with selenium on postpartum depression: a randomized double-blind placebo-controlled trial,” Mokhber N, Ferns G, et al, J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med, 2010 Jun 8; [Epub ahead of print]. (Address: Department of Psychiatry, Ibn-Sina Hospital, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences (MUMS), Mashhad, Iran).

Greg Newson
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Greg Newson is a qualified Naturopath, Western Medicine Herbalist, Nutritionist, Remedial Massage Therapist and Professional Health & Wellbeing Speaker. Greg has a passion for helping people and has been treating patients in clinical practice since 2002.

Greg is the owner of the Vitality and Wellness Centre, Lismore NSW Australia, a busy Naturopathic Clinic that cares for people suffering with any type of health complaint. He is dedicated in educating people to understand and embrace the enormous potential that natural medicine has on our long-term health and well-being. Greg is able to help people improve their health and offers in-clinic, phone and Skype health consultations as well as Guest Speaking on natural medicine and heath related topics.

Greg Newson's Qualifications: Advance Diploma Human Health Science 2001 (Charles Sturt University), Advance Diploma Remedial Massage 2002 (Health Schools Australia), Advance Diploma Western Herbal Medicine 2003 (Health Schools Australia), Bachelor Health Science 2005 (Charles Sturt University), Advance Diploma Naturopathy 2008 (Health Schools Australia), Advance Diploma Functional Nutrition 2008 (Health Schools Australia).

Greg is a member of the Australian Traditional Medicine Society (ATMS)

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