Depression and anxiety are two major problems in today's society that tend to be overlooked. Most doctors rarely offer long term solutions to these problems. Their only "solution" is for their patients to take medication which will temporarily either boost or stabilize serotonin levels in the brain. The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) stated that a little known transmitter called GABA has similar effects to serotonin, and has been shown to alleviate anxiety, depression, insomnia, mood swings and ADHD. T
Benzodiazepine medication and sleeping pills are termed as Gamma-Aminobutyric Acid (GABA) Enhancers. Meaning that they temporarily increase the GABA levels in the brain to relieve anxiety and insomnia. That is why many people will feel a sense of calm or stability after taking these pills. However, this is a short term solution and there are numerous problems associated with consumption of these medications. They Include increased risk of suicide, seizures, addiction, and withdrawal symptoms.
There is a lack of awareness of the connection between diet and mental illness. In fact, nearly every chemical that controls the brain is also located in the stomach region, including hormones and neurotransmitters such as Serotonin, Dopamine, Glutamate, GABA and Norepinephrine. Alternative medicines recognize that diet is an important factor for reliving anxiety and depression. Studies have shown that a healthy amount of the amino acid, Glutamine, from protein enriched foods, is a very important factor in overall sustaining brain health, mainly because the body converts glutamine into GABA, thus helping prevent the person from falling victim to many mental illnesses.
To start off with, many people turn to supplementation to get GABA. However, there is a natural food source of GABA that far surpasses all other supplements and it called Fermented Sea Tangle (FST). FST is a natural superfood used for hundreds of years in East Asia to treat multiple mental, as well as physical problems, including sarcopenia, osteoperosis, Alzheimer's Disease, and even Parkinson's syndrome. Recent research concluded that FST is very benefical for people suffering from these diseases. One particular study, conducted by the NCBI, concluded it's effect. The study was tested on seven groups of elderly patients suffering from severe cognitive impairment dementia. Three groups were given cholinestarse inhibitors, a typcal dementia medication. Two groups were given placebos. And the last two groups were given FST. The results showed that the two groups taking the FST saw tremendous cognitive improvement (about 39%) as well as the subsequent lowering of triglycerides and total cholesterol levels. The three groups taking the cholinestarse inhibitors as well as the two groups taking the placebos saw little to no improvement in their memory.
Aside from helping the mental state, FST enhances Human Growth Hormone, thus helping people with bone as well as muscular problems. For example, sarcopenia. Let's take a look at this other influential study. Fifty four elderly people suffering from sarcopenia were divided up into three groups, with each group taking a separate superfood over the course of seven weeks. The first group were given whey protein. The second group were given a placebo. And the third group were given FST. The first group, the ones consuming the whey protein saw a deterioration in their bone and muscle health. The same applied to the placebo group. The group taking the FST saw tremendous improvement in their muscle health as well as their overall joint movement and function.
FST is the optimal liver cleanser. In fact, many people in Korea take it to prevent hangover.
It's crucial to consume Carbohydrates (the right kind) in order to stabilize GABA levels and maintain overall brain health. Stone Ground Bread is the wonderful option, as the bran and germ are maintained in the dough. Most of the vitamins in the wheat germ deteriorate rapidly after grinding.