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Sayoon Kim

Class of 2024Seoul, Gyeonggi



  • "The effects of Manipulating the Microbiome on Depression" with mentor Courtney (Apr. 18, 2024)

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The effects of Manipulating the Microbiome on Depression

Started Nov. 21, 2023

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Depression, a prevalent mental health condition, poses significant challenges globally, affecting millions of individuals and imposing substantial economic burdens. Conventional treatments often fall short in addressing the complexities of depression, necessitating exploration into innovative approaches. This comprehensive review examines the interplay between nutrition, medication, and depression, focusing on emerging strategies such as gut microbiota research and the potential therapeutic effects of vitamins, medications, and dietary patterns.

Omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin D, and vitamin B12 have shown promise in alleviating depressive symptoms, with research highlighting their roles in neurotransmitter regulation and neuroprotection. However, medications like ozempic, while effective for conditions like Type 2 Diabetes, raise concerns regarding their adverse psychiatric effects. Nonetheless, GLP-1 receptor agonists hold potential as antidepressants, warranting further investigation.

Nutritional interventions, including dietary patterns and macronutrient compositions, demonstrate significant impacts on mental health, with fermented foods emerging as potential allies in depression management through their influence on gut microbiota and inflammatory pathways.

This review underscores the importance of considering holistic approaches in depression treatment, integrating pharmacological interventions, nutritional strategies, and lifestyle modifications. It calls for longitudinal studies and careful monitoring of mental health symptoms to ensure safe and effective therapeutic strategies. Ultimately, understanding the nexus of nutrition, medication, and depression offers avenues for personalized and comprehensive approaches to mental health care.