The number of depression-related illnesses is on the rise. Scientists predict that depression will be the second most common disease worldwide by 2020. There are several triggers. Sometimes “only” a lack of certain nutrients can be the reason for depressive moods. Not even your favorite food whets your appetite? You have problems sleeping through the night and/or have trouble getting out of bed in the morning? Don’t feel like meeting your friends and have trouble concentrating at work? Loss of appetite, sleep disturbances, listlessness and lack of concentration, are just a few symptoms that can indicate depression. Complementary symptoms may include feelings of sadness and anger, weight loss or gain, and/or unexplained physical pain. Statistics from the University of Vienna show that in Austria alone, more than half a million people are estimated to suffer from depression – and the trend is rising. Women are particularly often affected. And this is not an Austrian phenomenon: the World Health Organization (WHO) predicts that depression will be the second most common widespread disease worldwide by 2020, and thus the most common disease in industrialized countries. According to the German Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG), nearly one in five people will suffer from depression or depressive mood at some point in their lives.
Grief, dramatic experiences, the abuse of drugs or stress – they can all be a cause of depression. However, researchers increasingly suspect that nutrient intake also plays a role in depression and that nutrient deficiencies may be the cause of depression. There is a simple explanation for this: If there is a nutrient deficiency, the brain lacks important power elements that are necessary for regulating mood, drive, sleep and concentration – fatigue, sluggishness, irritability and depression make themselves felt. Which nutrients, among others, are ESPECIALLY important for regulating mood and why, we briefly summarize for you.
At the first signs of depression, we advise you to see a doctor. Among other things, he or she can also check your blood values to determine whether you may have a nutrient deficiency and provide you with additional helpful tips.