Sugar and Depression

Sugar and Depression

We all have had that ‘sugar crash.’  Most of us had our first experience with this phenomenon in our childhood and have not forgotten it. A sudden rush of activity and awareness followed by a total collapse in energy as mood as well. For some a sugar crash could be a once in a while event but for others it can become common. This pattern can become an addictive cycle of ups and downs just like any other addictive sequence. When feelings of sadness and hopelessness last for days or weeks this begins to seem more like symptoms of depression. It’s not hard to believe that sugar and depression have a close correlation. The connection between sugar and depression has been known for a long time, but the mechanism behind this relationship has not always been so well understood.

The brain and sugar

Sugar in the diet affects the body in numerous ways but when talking about depression it of course comes down to the brain. The brain cells need more...

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