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Hunger Hormone Could Be Key in Fighting Depression

A natural hormone produced in the stomach and intestine could be the newest advancement in depression treatment. Ghrelin, often referred to as the “hunger hormone,” serves numerous functions in the body including the ability to stimulate hunger when levels rise. Researchers at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, discovered a natural antidepressant effect when these levels increased.

Increased levels of ghrelin encourage brain cell growth especially in the hippocampus; the part of the brain which controls mood and memory. This brain cell regeneration is the same effect that many antidepressant drugs on the market currently promote.

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