The nervous system is dependent on a sufficient availability of micronutrients to estimates of WHO will be the depression the most common diseases in the year 2020 in addition to the cardiovascular disease, at least in the developed countries. Depression has complex causes, therefore, biological, psychological, psychosocial and genetic factors play a role. Recently, there is also evidence from studies that dietary habits can increase the risk of depression or lessen. British researchers of at University College London could prove that people who eat much fatty, sweet and highly processed foods, have a much higher risk of depression. Spanish scientists were able to show that the strict adherence to the Mediterranean diet reduces the risk of depression by 30 percent.
In addition to unhealthy eating habits, a lack of individual micro-nutrients can promote the emergence of a depression. To some examples of the importance of micronutrients for the regulation of mood: vitamin C is required by the body to form a precursor of serotonin from tryptophan. In addition, vitamin C for the synthesis of different neuropeptides and hormones is required and can reduce stress damage. Several studies show a link between a deficiency with folic acid and depression. Folic acid is involved in the reduction of homocysteine in addition to vitamin B12 and B6. Increased Homocysteinkonzentrationen interfere with biochemical processes in the central nervous system and can lead to a lack of nerve Messenger substances.
Depressive patients have often elevated homocysteine, which can adversely affect the course of disease. A good supply of B vitamins is important not only for the Homocysteinsenkung, but is also used to improve the effectiveness of psychotropic drugs. There is also growing evidence that low vitamin D levels, which occur especially during the winter months, can increase the risk of depression. This applies to special extent on older people, the have anyway mostly a vitamin D – deficiency. Zinc and magnesium play an important role. Zinc is necessary for the functioning of various neuro-transmitter systems. A zinc deficiency can certainly lead to depression or brain disorders. An adequate availability of certain amino acids such as tryptophan and tyrosine is very important for the regulation of mood. Micronutrients should be not random taken, but only after clarification by means of a detailed analysis of the blood. The DCMS-neuro-check of the diagnostic centre is a laboratory profile determines where the main relevant for the nervous system micro-nutrients in the blood. The result is the basis for a targeted and effective micro-nutrient therapy.