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    Study links depression to low blood levels of acetyl-L-carnitine | News | Stan

    Interesting study about depression:
    http://med.stanford.edu/news/all-new...carnitine.html

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    Also high levels of CRP and increased sed rate. This knowledge alone isn't applicable as no one knows if this is the cause of depression or a manifestation of depression. No one has shown that supplementing the diet with acetyl-L-carnitine improves your mood. Low levels of serotonin are correlated with depression as well, but you can't just eat serotonin and feel better.

    This evidence is pretty low as well. The rats showed signs of being like other depressed rat models. Last I heard the most common model for a depressed rat was one that they gave an electric shock unpredictably until the animal stopped responding to the shocks and became apathetic. Hardly seems like a good correlation for depression in humans not subject to random electrocution (though it actually might apply better to those of us with SCI as there often does seem to always be another unpleasant and unpredictable development/complication right around the corner).

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