Orlando, FL — August 28, 2015 — Today, psychological conditions have already become some of the major contributory factors of high mortality rates around the world. Individuals who suffer from mood disorders, such as depression, are more likely to inflict harm not just on themselves, but others, too. The good news is that many scientists are looking for some ways to determine their causes and how they can be prevented or treated.

Research investigates the link between inflammation and mood disorders. There are many forms of mood disorders, and all of them are far from being beneficial to sufferers. Mood disorders have caused people to succumb to wrong decisions in life, including death.

In a large-scale Danish study, it was found that mood disorders could potentially be the response of the brain to inflammation. The study, which was published in the JAMA Psychiatry journal, has revealed further evidence to support the theory that inflammation could be one of the major causes of mental health conditions.

According to researchers, individuals who suffer from autoimmune disease are 45 percent more likely to develop mood disorders. A history of infection, on the other hand, is linked with a 62 percent increased risk of mood disorders.

Inflammation is the protective response of the body towards an infection. Autoimmune disorders, on the other hand, are inflammatory conditions that result from the body’s overreaction to the naturally occurring tissues and substances.

The Danish researchers used a database of over 3.56 million individuals who were born between 1945 and 1996. Three percent of the population, which comprised of 91,637 individuals, was receiving treatment for a mood disorder. They found that there was a strong correlation between autoimmune disorders, infection, and mood disorders. This has further strengthened their theory that mood disorders are linked to inflammation.
Another team of Danish researchers also published a study in the JAMA Psychiatry journal that revealed C-reactive protein levels in the blood are linked to the increased risk of depression and psychological distress in the general population. C-reactive protein is produced by the body in response to inflammation.

In 2011, the Journal of Neuroinflammation published a study that revealed high levels of quinolinic acid, which is a byproduct of inflammation, are linked with suicidal tendencies and chronic depression.

An anti-inflammatory diet is believed to be helpful in reducing one’s risk of mood disorders. People should avoid inflammatory triggers such as dairy, grains, and processed meat. Instead, they should consume anti-inflammatory foods such as omega-3 fats and spices like turmeric. Turmeric is a very popular anti-inflammatory spice, and is used to fight a range of inflammatory conditions (http://www.amazon.com/Turmeric-Curcumin-BioPerine-Extract-Vegetarian/dp/B00VSVKJ8I/).
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