How Broccoli Sprouts Help Beat Depression
More and more we’re learning that what we eat can affect our mental health.
As an example, research from 2015 showed that fiber intake reduces anxiety by feeding “good gut bacteria”.
Well, now we’re learning that even depressive symptoms may be reduced by altering your eating habits…
but in a different way.
That is, certain foods can affect our brain by suppressing inflammatory molecules.
Specifically, a recent study suggests that broccoli sprouts do an amazing job at this.
This is because they are high in sulforaphane and spermidine, potent antioxidant compounds.
By lowering inflammatory molecules that are able to pass through the blood-brain-barrier, broccoli sprouts have proved powerful in alleviating some symptoms of depression.
Unchecked, these inflammatory molecules can wreak havoc on important neurotransmitters – affecting mood and behavior.
This inflammation-related connection between the food we eat and the functioning of our brains is more direct than those posited regarding gut health.
Hopefully, this more obvious link spurs us to take action and eat healthier where other, more obscure links, have failed.
Unfortunately, the mounting research showing that our diet can greatly impact our mental health isn’t anything sexy…
It is as many of us have already heard: more fiber, more greens, some fish, some protein, and less sugar.
These staples have been touted for decades but most Americans struggle to bring all of these into their diet.
For this reason, many look for ‘shortcuts’ to get everything they need in a day and turn to juicing to maintain optimally healthy.
This is where superfoods like broccoli sprouts, kale and spinach really shine and can do some good.
That’s because we can get the fiber we know we need to ease anxiety, sulforaphane to battle depression, and magnesium for improved energy.
So by including these three vegetables in your diet, eating or juicing, you can help bolster your mental health with some of the latest research.
Stay happy and healthy this new year with just a few tweaks that will pay big dividends in the long run.
Emry, J. (2017). How Broccoli Sprouts Help Beat Depression. Psych Central. Retrieved on May 23, 2017, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/psychology-personality/2017/01/05/how-broccoli-sprouts-help-beat-depression/