Mango, better than prozac for depression? I study

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According to some surveys, mango would significantly improve depressive and anxious behaviors.

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Some Nigerian researchers have found that mangoes have antidepressant and anti-anxiety effects





Fight depression and anxiety with natural remedies thanks to mango. Abundant in tropical countries and with sweet and juicy fruits, mango plants would also have another good part: the bark and this would provide many health benefits.

A study conducted at the University of Lagos, Nigeria, has indeed shown that extracts from the bark of a mango tree (Mangifera indica) significantly improve depression.

Therefore, not only does mango help you lose weight and fight some types of cancer, but it also shows a valid help against depressive states.

Depression is a condition characterized by persistent feelings of sadness or grief. It has become more and more prevalent over the years and people who suffer from it experience low energy, loss of appetite and disinterest in everyday things. Depression increases the risk of suicide, alcohol and drug abuse, obesity, and chronic pain. To improve the quality of life of depressed patients, antidepressants are often administered, such as selective serotonin resorption inhibitors (SSRIs), which - of course - are associated with many side effects, including sleep problems, headaches. , weight gain and increased risk of suicide. For this reason, researchers continue to look for natural alternatives that are both effective and safe.

La bark of mango trees it is already commonly used in traditional African and Ayurvedic medicine to remedy hypertension, insomnia, tumor growth, rheumatism and depression. Previous research had also already shown that mango bark is rich in bioactive compounds such as alkaloids, flavonoids, saponins, tannins, phenols, ascorbic acid, riboflavin, niacin and thiamine.

In these new investigations, the researchers collected extracts from mango tree bark and analyzed their potential antidepressant and anxiolytic effects by comparing them to those of inhibitors of several conventional drugs used for depression and anxiety (such as parachlorophenylalanine).



The results of the study showed that treatment with mango bark extracts would have significantly improved depressive and anxious behaviors in laboratory and overall have shown that mangoes have potential use as a natural remedy for depression especially to reduce dependence on harmful antidepressant drugs.



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