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Forget About Prozac: Try Hummus Instead

A recent research conducted by Israeli scientists, has interesting findings concerning the popularity of Hummus. Chickpeas, they claim, are the ancestors of Prozac – and ancient man must have known that.

It is a known fact that Chickpeas, as well as other legumes, contain a large dosage of the amino acid Tryptophan, which is a main building block of serotonin. The latter, is a neurotransmitter, the lack of which modern biochemistry and psychiatry agree is strongly connected with “mood disorders” such as anxiety and depression.

Minor depression nowadays treated with SSRI (Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors. Medicines such as Prozac, Seroxat, Cipralex etc.) which increases the amount of serotonin in the brain. A Tryptophan rich diet has a similar effect.

The Cicer Arietinum (chickpea) was found to be the richest in Tryptophan specie throughout it’s genus of plants.

The researchers say that chickpeas was probably chosen to be cultivated due to its’ rich Tryptophan content. Ancient men were better skilled than us in getting their nutritional needs from foods – very much like we can see in animals.

The researchers: Professor Avi Gopher, Dr. Zohar Kerem, Professor Simcha Lev-Yadun, Dr. Shachar Abbo.

Shooky Galili, a journalist and a blogger, is the editor of The Hummus Blog
. The adverse effects of Prozac can be traced to the drug’s effect on brain chemistry. As Peter R. Breggin, MD, explains in Talking Back to Prozac What Doctors Aren’t Telling You About Today’s Most Controversial Drug, Prozac acts as a stimulant to the nervous system.6 Therefore, it can produce side effects that mimic those of amphetamines and are exaggerations of the desired effects of Prozac in relieving depression. According to Dr. Breggin, the FDA psychiatrist who wrote the agency’s safety review of Prozac stated that the drug’s effects–including nausea, insomnia and nervousness–resembled the profile of a stimulant drug, rather than a sedative.7 Dr. Breggin adds that nearly all of the side effects of Prozac listed in the Physician’s Desk Reference “fit into the stimulant profile.” Among others, these stimulant symptoms include headaches, nervousness, insomnia, anxiety, agitation, tremors, weight loss, nausea, diarrhea, mouth dryness, anorexia and excessive sweating. In short, a drug that acts as a stimulant also can overstimulate the body systems. In his book, Dr. Breggin offers the example of a person who takes Prozac to relieve depression (the beneficial effect) and suffers from agitation and insomnia (the negative effects). These adverse effects “are inherent in the stimulant effect that produces feelings of energy and well-being,” Dr. Breggin writes. “In this sense, the difference between ‘therapeutic effects’ and ‘toxic effects’ are merely

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