News ID: 219169
Published: 1031 GMT August 01, 2018

Researchers locate a more effective way to treat depression

Researchers locate a more effective way to treat depression

Depression is a condition that we’ve all been touched by. The commonality of it is only matched by those who quietly suffer from it.

According to new medical research, those who live with depression have low blood levels of a specific molecule, called acetyl-L-carnitine, and those with particularly severe, treatment-resistant or childhood-onset depression were found to have the lowest levels, wrote.

Produced by the body, acetyl-L-carnitine plays an important role in metabolizing fat and the production of energy. It is also widely available as a dietary supplement.

However, it is only recently that numerous institutions have finally made the connection between the two.

The recent findings, however, are a long time coming.

Since the early 90s, medical researchers have been aware of acetyl-L-carnitine’s potential to treat depression, particularly in geriatric and comorbid patients, with the substance showing a greater effect than a regular placebo.

Carla Nasca of the Rockefeller University put this into practice, starting with rodents.

The tests were a massive success, as they discovered that acetyl-L-carnitine had a fast-acting antidepressant effect on rats, kicking into effect in just a few days.

This is far faster than the current antidepressants widely used, known as SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors), which usually takes a couple of weeks before any effect is felt.


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Researchers now have to iron out a few kinks before recommending it for human testing, but what it represents is a large step forward. As the coauthor, Stanford’s Natalie Rasgon put it: “…we’ve identified an important new biomarker of major depression disorder.”


Translation, we could sit on a new floor in which to build more effective treatment to help those hounded by the black dog.


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