Depression is the most frequently searched-for topic.
And no wonder. Those of us that have experienced the depths of depression know just how awful it really is. When you are in the bag, it is hard to think out of the bag. But there is a way out.
Rather than take a synthetic drug to block or mimic the body’s chemical nerve messengers (neurotransmitters), it is possible nutritionally to encourage the body to make its own natural ones.
If we are what we eat, then our nerves also depend on what they are fed. There is tremendous potential for the alleviation of depression and related disorders through natural vegan foods.
MAKE YOUR OWN NOREPINEPHRINE
A depletion of the neurotransmitter called norepinephrine results in poor memory, loss of alertness, and clinical depression. The chain of chemical events in the body resulting in this substance is:
L-phenylalanine (from protein foods) -> L-tyrosine (made in the liver) -> dopa -> dopamine -> norepinephrine -> epinephrine
This process looks complex but actually is readily accomplished, particularly if the body has plenty of vitamin C. Since one’s dietary supply of the first ingredient, L-phenylalanine, is usually adequate, it is more likely to be a shortage of vitamin C that limits production of norepinephrine. Upping ones natural doses of vitamin C have had striking success in reversing depression. It is a remarkably safe and inexpensive approach to try.
The Vitamin C Dosage for Depression
Depression can rob people of their energy, their sleep, their concentration, their happiness and very constitution. It all rotates around what we chose to consume and how we chose to conduct our lives. Everything is a mind set. Forget relying on pills – they only have adverse affects and only offer short term solutions with alternative problems, they never offer solutions, which pharmaceutical companies are selling the concept of. Do not buy into the myth – it’s as bad as ‘humane slaughter’. Go vegan and explore more natural vitamin C options.
Severe Vitamin C Deficiency
One of the most common symptoms of scurvy is depression. Other symptoms are mood changes, fatigue and lethargy. Risk factors for scurvy, or a less severe vitamin C deficiency, are alcoholism or drug abuse, anorexia nervosa, Crohn’s disease and celiac disease. People eating fad diets or who rely on fast food meals with few vegetables and fruits are also at risk.
If you have any of these disorders and are feeling depressed, vitamin C supplementation with natural food will alleviate your depression.
Mild Vitamin C Deficiency
Even moderately low levels of vitamin C have been linked to depression. A study published in the January 2011 issue of the “American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry” found that low levels of vitamin C were correlated with both depression and higher mortality rates. While correlation does not establish causality, these results suggest that it is prudent for not only older people, but everyone of all ages to include more citrus fruits, lightly cooked green vegetables and salads in their diets.
Vitamin C and Neurotransmitters
The link between vitamin C deficiency and depression may be caused by lower neurotransmitter levels. According to an August 2003 article in “Nutrition Journal,” vitamin C works together with the enzyme dopamine-beta-hydroxylase to convert dopamine into norepinephrine, which plays an important role in the regulation of mood.
It has been noted that more than 30% of humans who up their vitamin C will improve. Nevertheless, it may make an important difference for particular individuals, especially if they have low levels of this nutrient.
If you are under stress, research published in the April 1998 issue of the “Journal of General Psychology” suggests that you may want to add vitamin-C-rich foods to your diet.
Other Signs of Dangerously Low Levels of Vitamin C
The body gives several warning signs when vitamin C deficiency has reached dangerous levels. Paying attention to these sings could save your life.
- Bleeding gums, gingivitis or loose teeth. Vitamin C is necessary for collagen which builds and maintains tissue.
- Lack of energy or depression. People with vitamin C deficiency may lose weight and suffer extreme fatigue. Depression is common.
- Mood swings. Irritability and rapid changes in mood may indicate a severe deficiency.
- Chronic joint pain. Serious deficiencies will lead to bleeding in the joints causing constant pain.
- Suppressed immune system. People who seem to be sick all the time are often lacking in immune-boosting vitamin C.
- Slow wound healing and bruising. Without adequate vitamin C bruising occurs easily and wounds take a long time to heal.
Vitamin C is an essential nutrient required by the body for the development and maintenance of scar tissue, blood vessels, and cartilage. Vitamin C is also necessary for creating ATP, dopamine, peptide hormones, and tyrosine. As a powerful antioxidant, vitamin C helps lessen oxidative stress to the body and is thought to lower cancer risk. High vitamin C foods include bell peppers, dark leafy greens, kiwis, broccoli, berries, citrus fruits, tomatoes, peas, and papaya.