Cashews Are A All Natural Antidepressant

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Two handfuls of cashews is the therapeutic equivalent of a prescription dose of Prozac. Inside you, the essential amino acid L-tryptophan is broken down into anxiety-reducing, snooze-inducing niacin. Even more important, tryptophan is also made into serotonin, one of your body’s most important neurotransmitters.

Serotonin gives a feeling of well-being and mellowness. This is such a profound effect that Prozac, Paxil and similar antidepressants usually either mimic serotonin or artificially keep the body’s own serotonin levels high. You can do the same thing with your food.

Plenty of carbohydrates (starches) in your meals help tryptophan get to where it does the most good: in your brain.  In order to cross the blood-brain barrier to get in, carbohydrates are required.  So cheese and crackers provides a better effect than the cheese standing alone.  An egg or two on toast is better than just the egg.  Beans, peas, and nuts already contain carbohydrate, so you are all set there. Just one big handful of cashews provides one to two thousand milligrams of tryptophan.

6.7% of Americans over the age of 18 will be affected by a major depressive disorder this year. This is equivalent to 14.8 million people. (DBSA) This is an insane amount of people, and many of them will resort to prescription medication like Prozac.

Prozac is an oral drug used for treating depression, bulimia, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder, and premenstrual dysphonic disorder

So using these healthy nuts as an alternative anti-depressant really is possible and a lot healthier that taking medication.

The high levels of magnesium and vitamin B6 found in cashews may also help to stabilize mood. Approximately five ounces of cashews a day will provide a middle-aged man with his daily-required magnesium intake, a nutrient that, when low, can trigger mild depression. Vitamin B6 lends a hand to converting tryptophan into serotonin and helps magnesium enter into the body’s cells. It’s likely a trio of nutrients that help with depression.

Also to beat your depression the key is to have a great nutrition value in your meals. Improved nutrition can be used to relieve depression and enhance overall mental health, mental ability and performance. Key nutrients can be obtained from a variety of sources which include eating a wide variety of vegetables, fruit and salads, plenty of wholegrain cereals, all types of beans, pasta and brown rice. Grapes, millet, wheatgerm, brewer’s yeast, oats, buckwheat, molasses, dairy products, berries, figs (fresh or dried), unsalted seeds and nuts, shellfish, nutmeg, ginger, basil, and rosemary all have a key role to play in eating to beat depression.

Attention to nutrition is the easiest and most basic first step to recovery.

In addition cashews will add to that nutrition because they are tasty nuts that also provide us with many essential minerals that are beneficial for our body. Some of the minerals that can be seen in cashew nuts are potassium, copper, zinc, magnesium, manganese, selenium and iron. Cashew nuts if consumed daily can protect our body from deficiency related diseases and provide the essential amount of these minerals.