Kick the supaari habit, it can cause depression
Addicted to paan masala and supaari after your meals? Well, you need to urgently kick that habit.
Anti-tobacco activists say that chewing supaari is linked to mental illnesses like anxiety disorders and depression.
Celebrities like Ajay Devgn, who promote these products, have also been criticized. The activists say that it is important for people to know the true effects of such products and not get influenced by celebrities.
A study published in Taiwan says alkaloids in the supaari impact neuro-transmitters in the brain. This leads to mental disorders and other biophysical effects such as increased heart rate, blood pressure and cholesterol.
Eating supaari is common in Asian countries. Both men and women eat it. Men eat it for refreshment, alertness and stamina, while women eat it for cultural reasons.