I know some of you here think this is BS, but for those receptive to truly understanding how the body functions and what the connection is between deficiencies & neurological imbalances, please take a look at this article as a starting point. I find it interesting in terms of simply explaining the brain & body's chemical balance. It's not a comprehensive study or anything, but a good starting point for some potentially breakthrough research. For what it's worth, I not only went through very severe depression more than once in my life, but I also studied depression from a clinical perspective, only to realize that doctors do not fully understand the different possible mechanisms that can trigger and worsen depressive tendencies.
As someone who has greatly improved depression after addressing my vitamin D deficiency, I can verify there is some merit to this approach. It sure beats antidepressants, and contributes to improving your overall health. Whoever wants to undermine my opinion and say I know nothing about depression (you know who you are), don't even bother reading this. All I can say is based on my experience and friends who I offered this advice to, depression can be reduced by addressing significant nutritional deficiencies. Of course, the emotional aspects of depression need to be addressed as well, but physiologically speaking, these deficiencies can make matters worse.
TOP 10 FOODS AND VITAMINS/ MINERALS/ AMINOACIDS TO NOTICE:
- Sugar intake - obvious one. Limit your intake of junk food as much as possible.
- Omega 3s - I personally don't supplement with omega 3s, I just try to incorporate them into my diet but there are many on this forum who had success with O3 supps.
- Vitamin D ---> this is my top one
- B-vitamins deficiency ---> another one that helped me, particularly inositol (B8) for hormonal balance
- zinc, folate, chromium, and iron -- I would also add selenium to this list.
- iodine deficiency (or, I would add, iodine excess in some cases, both of which can cause/ are caused by thyroid problems)
- amino-acid deficiency
*check my other post below for more links & studies *
Edited by WishClean, 15 January 2014 - 12:11 AM.