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Research Identifies Food Items That May Trigger Depression!

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Research shows that foods that slow down signaling to the brain can lead to mood disorders.

Dr. Kirill Martimyanov of the University of Florida and his team of PhD researchers are investigating new treatments for depression.

“There is a limited number of medications for people with depression. Most of them take a few weeks before they start taking medication, if they start taking it at all,” Martemyanov said. “Newer and better options are really needed.”

By studying how sensors in brain cells receive and transmit information, Dr. Martemyanov discovered that the GPR158 gene receptor is associated with stress-induced depression.

For example, if mice lack GPR158, they are remarkably resilient to chronic stress.

GPR158 is defined as an “amino acid receptor” that “perfectly” matches glycine.

Moreover, the signaling molecule was not activated in cells, but was inhibited upon binding to glycine.

“Receptors such as GPR158, known as G-protein coupled receptors, normally bind to G proteins. This receptor binds the RGS protein and has the opposite effect on activation,” said co-author Dr. Thibaut-Labo.

“What really excited me about this discovery is that it could change my life,” LaBute said. “That’s what gets me up in the morning.”

Glycine-rich foods include red meat and dairy, so hamburgers and ice cream can contribute to a bad mood if they slow down brain signals.

The British Dietitians Association (BDA) states: “Healthy eating can help protect your mental health.”

“Eat regularly,” says the important advice, “to help your brain function at its best.”

The BDA explains: “Unlike other organs, your brain depends on a constant supply of glucose as its primary fuel. It mostly comes from starchy carbohydrates. Try to eat little and often to keep your mood at its best.”

A good supply of the right types of fats is essential to maintaining a healthy brain.

Examples include olive or canola oil for cooking, and salad dressings with nuts, seeds, and nut butters.

Trans fats appear to be “harmful to brain structure and function” and can be found in processed meats, prepared meals, and prepackaged cakes and cookies.

Whole grains, such as peas, beans, lentils, nuts, seeds, fruits and vegetables, are rich in vitamins and minerals and also promote brain health.

These foods are also rich in folic acid and zinc, which are reportedly “important in the treatment of depression.”

The protein contains tryptophan, which “may help treat depression”; Good sources include eggs, poultry, spinach and beans.

“Even mild dehydration can affect your mood,” the association added, so remember to drink water throughout the day.

Source: Express

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