Is There a Link?: Gluten and Depression

1 December 2014

Thomas Edison and his early phonograph. Croppe...

Thomas Edison and his early phonograph. Cropped from Library of Congress copy. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“The doctor of the future will no longer treat the human frame with drugs, but rather will cure and prevent disease with nutrition.”— Thomas Edison

This particular post is intended as a primer on carbohydrate and depression. Simply put, gluten is a protein found inside whole grains. Carbs are composed of: carbon, oxygen, hydrogen plus a single simple sugar molecule. If you haven’t already, detox yourself of carbs for a few days. Then have your usual “carbfest”. See if you notice any major differences in your general outlook on the day mental disposition. Check the Related links for more info.

Other names for gluten are the following:

  • hydrolyzed vegetable protein
  • malt flavoring
  • soy or modified starch

In the recent decades much study has been done in about gluten as an allergen . As the research expanded it was found that gluten is linked to depression. We took an excerpt from blogger P. Henschen, who writes about her experiences with the causes of depression.

“It was no coincidence that over the next couple of weeks I experienced a severe depressive episode. The pot roast and gravy-laden mashed potatoes were not the only culprits; I had been indulging in sweets, Mexican food wrapped in flour tortillas, and even sandwiches. I had also dropped off on my exercise plan.”— P. Henschen

Photograph of 4 gluten sources. Top: High-glut...

Photograph of 4 gluten sources. Top: High-gluten wheat flour. Right: European spelt. Bottom: Barley. Left: Rolled rye flakes. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Administer a simple experiment to prove that carbs are primarily glucose-based. Take one piece of bread and chew it for several minutes. There is a chemical reaction. When the saliva interacts with carbohydrates it begins to break down into sugar. After a while the bread will taste sweet. Can you say Hypoinsulinemia?

“Dozens of studies confirm that depression is a common symptom of gluten intolerance, one that usually disappears when wheat and the similar grains are withdrawn. People with gluten intolerance have low levels of the . . . brain chemical serotonin, and gluten has been implicated in mental illness since at least 1979, which is when I first noticed psychiatric journals reporting tremendous improvement in the symptoms of patients with depression and manic-depression . . . who had been experimentally taken off gluten-containing foods.” (p. 126)


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