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Subject:         Re: Why am I getting depressed on 80 10 10?
Date: September 19, 2014 at 8:37 am PST

In Reply to: Why am I getting depressed on 80 10 10? posted by Mike on September 18, 2014 at 2:13 pm:


does not sound like the diet is going too well, and be wary of the usual cop out excuse used of `detox symptoms' that people often suggest.

Are you open minded and happy to try something different?

There are a number of things that could be going on, but let me tell you a major downside of this type of diet. The depression could be coming from the low levels of zinc and ALA omega 3 short chain fatty acids which is contributing to poor conversion of the the long chain EPA/DHA omega 3's due to possibly low zinc levels and low ALA from the low fat diet. The medical literature is full of strongs links to depression due to shortages of EPA/DHA.

When you do the maths for a 3,500 calorie fruit and veggie diet you will roughly get about 140 ml of EPA/DHA combined. This is slightly under the recommended bare minimum of long chain fatty acids for minimal brain functioning. To me it sounds like you are not getting enough and likely below minimal levels recommended.

If you are open minded l have a very good suggestion that could well fix the problem, but l will only try and help you if you aren't narrow minded. Let me know your answer and l will get back to you if you would like to know more.

I have read a bunch of people getting depressed on 80-10-10 and l don't think this is a coincidence. The low fat diet is really scracthing the bottom of the barrel with the fatty acid levels. Brains need sufficient fatty acids levels to operate effectively, and some brains may need more fats than others.

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