Prozac. That's right.
2 handfuls of cashews are the therapeutic equivalent of a prescription dose of Prozac.
Consider that antidepressant work by by affecting serotonin. However, with time antidepressants have been found to actually DRAIN brain serotonin and deplete much needed B vitamins - why suicidal rates actually increase on antidepressant ironically.
2 handfuls of cashews provides two thousand milligrams of tryptophan.
Tryptophan is the precursor of serotonin, which will work as well as prescription antidepressants and without later side effects of draining existing serotonin levels!
Cashews help to provide the building blocks of serotonin rather that stimulate what is, as the antidepressants do.
Other good sources of tryptophan are dairy, sunflower seeds and sesame in addition to poultry. Plenty of carbohydrates (starches) in your meals help tryptophan get to where it does the most good: in your brain. In order to cross the blood-brain barrier to get in, carbs are required. Also explains why quite a few women suffer greatly with hormonal and brain chemistry imbalances doing high protein and strict paleo for longer periods of time - women have 52% serotonin of that of men and are there for even more sensitive to cutting carbs on extreme diet types.
So why is more research not set off to nutrition?
I think this says it all.
"The task force considered many issues in its deliberations including to ensure that the existence of dietary supplements on the market does not act as a disincentive for drug development."
(FDA Dietary Task Force Report, released June 15, 1993)
In other words, the FDA is concerned that herbs and plant medicine is more successful than liver toxic drugs. Wow. Hello? Do you realize WHO the people are who is regulating health in FDA? Most of them have direct links to the drug industry. I am not going into mentioning names here, as it is pretty easy to google this information and find the ties to Monsanto and big pharma industry within FDA. No wonder they do not want natural remedies to be promoted, as this will cut their profit as above quote clearly reflects. It is tragic.
Might it be time to take nutrition therapy seriously?
I think yes.
Reference: Mcgill J Med. 2008 Nov; 11(2): 219–222. American Journal of Psychiatry. 2006. 163 (1): 41-47. FDA BLACK BOX Warning on SSRIs J Agric Food Chem. 2006 Jun 28;54(13):4705-14.