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The Strange Link Between Junk Food and Depression

Of our many modern diseases, one of the biggest burdens on society is an unexpected one: depression, according to the World Health Organization. And what we eat may be contributing, finds a new study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. James E.

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Dr. Sears Comments:

Dr. Barry Sears

There are probably two separate events taking place.  The first would increase inflammatory mediators in the gut that can travel directly to the brain via the vagus nerve. The other is increasing inflammatory mediators in the blood that can also reach the brain via circulation.  Both can enter the brain and disrupt normal neurotransmitter signaling giving rise to depression.

 

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