Updated: Apr 23
Can minerals and diet can help to prevent mental illness?
Depression is a serious mental illness that affects almost 10 million American each year. The solitude of depression leads to alcoholism, anxiety, disassociation from families and friends, and physical health. Now diet is being looked at as a component of mood changes in the body, something that the holistic side has been making claims about for some time now. We need to look at this condition a bit deeper, like the relationship between lack of nutrition and the chemical breakdowns in the body.
Is there a certain diet that prevents depression? No, but with proper nutrition we can give the body what it needs to maintain health and prevents nutrient deficiencies. It is somewhat of a relief that MDs are looking to consider this notion that proper foods are a fundamental part of human behavior. Doctor Doris Rapp [who some say was ahead of her time] a pediatrician and allergy specialist, opened the door to consider that childhood’s behavior is related to certain food consumption which promote food allergies that results in behavioral disorders. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fRDpcWZUEiU
Another article by Medical News Today stated how minerals like Selenium reduces symptoms of depression in many people and low selenium levels have been linked to poor mood. Okay, if conventional MD can hypothesize Selenium as a co-factor in behavior as well as food allergies causing disruptive outbreaks in children, why not look at certain types of foods and other minerals to see how it plays a role in the human body as well?
Depression has risen in the United States, “major disruptive disorder affects 5% of adolescents” (NIMH) Antidepressants are the first line of treatment by medical doctors and is a knee jerk reaction instead of looking at what the child is consuming throughout his or her day that causes a change in behavior. One of the leading factors associated with depression is reduced levels of the neurotransmitters norepinephrine, serotonin, and dopamine. It is likely that several factors like hormone imbalance work together in any individual to bring on a depressive state.
Amino Acids has been known to give the body what it needs to produce Serotonin. SSRI’s which are popular antidepressant, block the reuptake of Serotonin back into the neuron. So, what happens when we block the recycling? we deplete. “People are depressed because they have run out of the RAW materials to maintain proper biochemistry” [Dr Peter Glidden, ND] https://www.glidden.healthcare/ When you have a neurotransmitter imbalance, this can cause depression, anxiety, panic attacks, insomnia, irritable bowel, and early death. [Integrative Psychiatry]. Neurotransmitters are synthesized from amino acid obtained from protein in the body. Eating omega-3 fatty acids may increase the level of healthful fats available to the brain, preserve the myelin sheath that protects nerve cells, and keep the brain working at the highest level. In turn, this can reduce the risk of mood disorders and brain diseases from occurring.