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Depression is a serious problem with a biochemical basis. It results from an upset in the delicate balance of the brain chemicals that regulate mood. Some of the symptoms for depression are: depression, poor appetite, insomnia, and headaches.
Untreated depression can become more frequent leading to physical and emotional suffering, loss of job and relationships, even to suicide. Several neurotransmitters, including norepinephrine and serotonin help to regulate our moods and keep us happy. Depressed people trend to have a lower of both.
Genetics play a major role in depression. Depression, like other mood disorders, tends to run in families. Depression is even more likely to be shared by identical twins. Some investigators believe that people who are pessimistic, often feel overwhelmed by life or have low self-esteem are more likely to suffer from depression.
We are all hit by unpleasant events which may cause brain levels of norepinephrine and dopamine to fall temporarily. People with natural large reserves usual get through the troubling times with minimal difficulties. Overall, it seems clear that biochemistry is the major cause of endogenous depression, with psychology and hormones playing supportive roles.
NUTRITIONAL DEFICIENCIES BASED ON SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH
DHEA also known as dehydroepiandrosterone, is a hormone that is produced in the ovaries and in the glands of women and men. It is important for good brain function. From puberty. DHEA levels rise steadily, peaking at about the age of 25. By age 70 or 80, there is only about 10% of that amount left. Thus, it may be helpful for many people to take supplemental DHEA. DHEA is known to: relieve depression by improving psychological well-being - improve general physical condition -strengthens the immune system - reduced body fat and increases lean body mass - makes it easier to handle stress - reproduces the risk of heart disease - helps to reduce the need for insulin in diabetes Pregnenolone is another hormone produced by ovaries and adrenal glands in men and in women and it can be very useful for treating depression.
Some studies have shown that depressed people have less that normal amounts of pregnenolone in their spinal fluid. Pregnenolone most likely works by preventing the brain from being overwhelmed by GABA and other hormones that slow its activity. Pregnenolone is known to: improve the ability to remember and retrieve information - increases the ability to handle stress - Has a beneficial effect on the myelin sheath membranes, which protect the brain and nervous system. - Helps to keep the nervous system on an even kneel. Thyrosine is a non-essential amino acid that can either be manufactured by the body or absorbed from our food.
The body uses thyrosine to make the neurotransmitters dopamine, norepirephrine, and epinephrine, all of which play a role in elevating mood and keeping us alert. The amino acid is found in fish, poultry, and other foods. L-carnitine is another amino acid. It has been reported to safely alleviate depression in some people. NADH (nicotinamide adenine dinuncleotide) enhances brain cell energy and had alleviated depression. Vitamin B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12, C, Choline, Folic Acid, Potassium Herbs: (St. John's wort, Ginseng, Ginkgo Biloba) In general people who are depressed should avoid alcohol, caffeine, and sugar. It is also good to consider the benefits of fish oil which have been known to alleviate symptoms of manic depression
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