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Popular Kind of Meat Might Lead to Mood Swings and Mental Illness

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  • Beef jerky with nitrates added was linked to a host of concerning mental changes, including mania in humans and altered behavior and brain gene expression in rats
  • People who were hospitalized with mania were 3.5 times more likely to have eaten cured meats like beef jerky than people without a history of psychiatric disorders
  • Rats fed beef jerky with nitrates experienced mania-like hyperactivity and irregular sleeping patterns, along with alterations in brain pathways that have been implicated in human bipolar disorder and changes in intestinal microbiota
  • Nitrates in processed meats may influence mental health by altering inflammatory processes and gut bacteria

By Dr. Mercola

What you eat affects the way you feel, both physically and mentally, and if you're someone who enjoys snacking on beef jerky from time to time, you should take note. Beef jerky with nitrates added was linked to a host of concerning mental changes, including mania in humans and altered behavior and brain gene expression in rats.


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