6 Nutritional Deficiencies That Causes Depression
By: Kratika Mon, 28 Sept 2020 3:26 PM
It is a myth that depression is caused only by psychological reasons. Not many know that one of the main reasons behind depression is the deficiency of certain nutrients in our body. If the intake of these nutrients is not sufficient you are bound to suffer from depression. So next time when you feel depressed or low, make sure your diet includes the following nutrients.
Have you ever noticed why cloudy weather is called gloomy and depressing and why sunny days are known to be cheerful? Actually, the lack of vitamin D is one of the main medical reasons of depression! We all know that sun’s rays help our body produce vitamin D is a great amount, but what many do not know is that vitamin D gives a boost to a chemical compound called serotonin – the happy hormone. There a deficiency of vitamin D leads to decrease in the production of the happy hormone in our, ultimately resulting in depression.
* Omega 3 Fatty Acids
Omega 3 fatty acids are alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), eicosapentaenoic acids (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acids (DHA). Those who have deficiency of EPA and DHA are more prone to experience depression. These fatty acids help to keep the nerve cells functioning. Experts have advised people who suffer from depression to add foods such as flax seeds, fish and fish oil, which are rich in omega 3 fatty acids.
Carbohydrates play a major role in affecting moods and behaviour of an individual. Carbohydrates break down into glucose. Insulin is the carrier of glucose in blood. The release of adequate amount of glucose in our bloody stream makes it possible for the insulin to carry sufficient energy throughout the body. Carbohydrates also participate in the production of serotonin – the happy hormones. This all is an instant boost to feeling active and good.
* Vitamin B
Vitamin B – especially B6 and B12 – are known to powerhouse for our overall health, both physical and mental. Doctors say that those who suffer from severe depression have a deficiency of vitamin B12 (cynocobalamin), which is said to prevent mental illnesses like dementia. Deficiency of vitamin B in the body results in cerebral and cognitive disfunction of the nervous system.
Protein breaks down into amino acids. Amino acids are very essential for overall bodily growth and well-being. They are known as building blocks of the body. They also are very beneficial for over brain functioning, health of nerve cells and mental health of the individual. A large number of neurotransmitters in our nervous system are made from these amino acids. Lack of this nutrient will directly trigger imbalance of neurotransmitters, which leads dampening of mood of that individual.
Iodine, that is generally found in common salt in our daily diet, plays a very important role in our overall health. Iodine is vital in the production of thyroid hormone in our body. Metabolism is one of the essential functions of thyroid hormone. Lack of iodine will lead to lack in production of thyroid; this leads to lowering of the metabolism rate. This ultimately makes it difficult for the individual to lose weight and/or to maintain weight. This gives direct physical as well as psychology impact and leads to depression.