Recent analysis has shown that about 6.7% (equivalent to 14.8 million) of Americans over the age of 18 will be affected by a major depressive disorder this year. This is a large number of people, and this estimate should not be taken for granted. The worst part is that many of these people will be given any prescription medication such as Prozac.
Prozac is an oral drug that is used for the treatment of depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder, bulimia and premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD). It causes a wide range of side effects, from milder to more serious ones.
According to RXList, minor side-effects of Prozac include:stuffy nose, sneezing, and sore throat;
dizziness and drowsiness
mild nausea, constipation
increased appetite, sudden weight changes
decreased sex drive, impotence, or difficulty having an orgasm
As mentioned above, in addition to the side effects above this drug can also cause some more serious side-effects. Here are some of them:fast or uneven heartbeats, high fever, overactive reflexes, sweating
nausea, loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of coordination
A headache, trouble to concentrate, memory loss, hallucinations, fainting
severe skin reaction — burning in your eyes, swelling in your face or tongue, skin pain
Because of all these reasons, you should avoid taking Prozac at all costs. A far better solution is to start eating cashews on a regular basis because they are rich in niacin and tryptophan, both of which can significantly improve your mood.
Tryptophan is an amino acid that will help elevate your mood by increasing the absorption and production of serotonin, the hormone which contributes to the feelings of well-being and happiness. This function is very important because the lack of serotonin in the body can make us feel anxious and stressed.
On the other hand, niacin has some unique properties, such as its ability to help you fall asleep more quickly at night.
According to an article published by www.empowher.com:
Cashews contain niacin and tryptophan, and, according to some, two handfuls of cashews contain a “therapeutic amount” of tryptophan, enough to alter and elevate your mood. The real measurement, apparently, is three and a half ounces of cashews, about one-halfcup, which provides approximately 470 mg of tryptophan.
Other health benefits of cashews include improved heart, bone, and oral health, diabetes relief , and significantly improved nerve and muscle function. They also contain high amounts of antioxidants that will boost your immune system and help in the formation of red blood cells. They are packed with vitamins like B6, K, and E as well as minerals like zinc, magnesium, selenium, iron, and phosphorus, all of which are needed for optimally functioning body. With this being said, it`s no wonder that they have a lot to offer in terms of improving the overall health.
We recommend you to watch the video below – It is a story about a woman who was dosed with niacin to fight her depression. As we mentioned above, cashews are some of the best sources of niacin!