Symptoms, conditions and causes

What is a mood disorder?

Cholesterol is needed as a precursor, or building block, for critical hormones like estrogen, testosterone, and cortisol. Women on their menstrual cycle, who just gave birth, or are in menopause can suffer from low estrogen, which can cause them to feel depressed.

If your testosterone is low, you can lose your vitality and lower your mood significantly. If your cortisol is low due to a low-fat diet, you won’t be able to handle stress well. This can trigger anxiety and depression.

You need cholesterol to keep your serotonin levels high. Serotonin is imperative for overall well-being and mood. It is also important in the production of vitamin D. If you’re deficient in vitamin D, you can easily become depressed.

On a low-fat diet, you may lack essential fatty acids which support brain health. This also impairs your ability to properly absorb the fat-soluble vitamins A, E, and K that are necessary for hormones and brain health.

You can get cholesterol from animal foods, egg yolks, and butter. It is very hard to get enough cholesterol on a plant-based diet. If you’re vegetarian and feel depressed, get your cholesterol checked. If it’s below 160, that could be why you’re depressed. Another depression cause is statin drugs. Statins are drugs that block the body’s production of cholesterol. A side effect of statins is depression. If your gallbladder was removed or is sluggish, you may not have the available bile to make cholesterol available to build the hormones your body needs. Try taking purified bile salts to help support the gallbladder.

Last updated: Jul 24, 2023 14:12 PM