Depression affects the well-being of many people worldwide. The cause of depression has not been established, as it may vary depending on one’s body, but it seems to be associated with a biochemical imbalance in the brain. Also, psychological predispositions and stress can affect the level at which a person is vulnerable in developing this condition. However, there are ways in which depression can be alleviated through diet, thanks to chemicals that stimulate the brain. What is the food with antidepressant effect and why does it make you feel better?
Depression can come in many forms, which is why the approach to this condition is still sensitive in the medical field. Experts believe that a cause could be the biochemical disturbance in the brain. For this reason, foods that stimulate the production of certain chemicals could improve the depressive state of people who manifest it. What is the food with antidepressant effect and what does nutritionist Mihaela Bilic tell us about it?
“Bread with cheese
This time we are not talking about a food, but about an interesting combination. Nor do we talk about calories, because cheese bread has an antidepressant effect – so it is not important if it makes you fat, but the role it has in inducing well-being.
In protein foods there are 2 amino acids, tyrosine and tryptophan, which are in competition. Who gets to the brain first, that determines the condition: tyrosine has the effect of agitation, awakening, and tryptophan calms, calms. The meat contains mainly tyrosine and the cheese tryptophan.
The strategic method to increase tryptophan access to the brain is the association between protein and carbohydrates. When we eat carbohydrates / flour, insulin appears in the blood, which keeps the tyrosine in circulation and leaves room for tryptophan. Once in the brain, it stimulates the synthesis of serotonin – the hormone of well-being. Even if the cheese is fattening, cut the slice thinner and put a corner of bread next to it… so that you are happy too ”, reveals Mihaela Bilic, a renowned nutritionist, on account of Instagram.
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