Unfortunately, there is no diet with specific foods that fight depression. However, some foods can help. Take a look at the 10 foods that fight depression.
Carrots contain Beta-carotene, this can help lessen the effects of free radicals. Free radicals are naturally produced and are associated with aging and cell damage. The damage is higher in the brain.
So eating carrots can help slow down these effects and keep the brain healthier for longer. There is no way to reverse or stop free radicals.
2 Nuts And Seeds
Nuts and seeds are an excellent source of vitamin E, another free radical fighter. They can also help with keeping healthier bowels. Adding nuts and seeds to your breakfast can give you that much-needed boost.
Many fruits such as kiwi and oranges contain vitamin C which again is a free radical fighter. Vitamin C also as many other benefits too, such as skin and complexion and of course are an excellent source of fiber.
However, grapefruit can be harmful, it is full of vitamin C but can interact with many medications used for depression and cholesterol. The grapefruit can boost the effectiveness of these medications causing in effect an overdose. Always read your medications advise leaflets or consult your healthcare professional.
4 Whole Grains
Whole grains are classed as a smart carb. This complex carb is known to help in producing serotonin, and this is the brains happy juice. Other complex carbs can be gained from eating fruit and vegetables. You should avoid simple carbs though, like sugary foods.
Tuna is protein rich and contain an amino acid called tryptophan, which can help in making serotonin. This will help to clear your mind and boost your energy levels. There are other types of protein-rich foods such as chicken and turkey. It’s recommended that you try to eat protein several times per day.
6 Low Fat Dairy
Low-fat dairy products contain selenium which helps boost your mood. It is not recommended taking vitamin supplements as you can get too much selenium which can cause selenium toxicity, the symptoms can be contributory to heart failure, weakened immune system and possible thyroid problems.
7 Dark Green Leafy Veg
Dark green leafy veg is full of omega-3 fatty acids. In recent studies, it is shown that people who don’t eat enough foods containing omega-3 fatty acids are more likely to suffer from depression. Omega-3 fatty acids can also be found in oily fish, nuts, and flax seed.
Chocolate with a high level of cocoa contains chemicals that can trigger your brains happy feeling. But of course there is warning with chocolate, too much can be harmful. It contains sugar and is a non complex carb. It can also contribute to diabetes and weight gain.
So a small amount can be eaten, say one piece every other day. But of course, if you love chocolate then maybe you should avoid it all together and concentrate on fresh foods.
Tea has been known for centuries to contain flavonoids that help relax and calm the mind and body. There are many types and flavors available, calming tea being the most effective such as chamomile. Also, many herbal teas contain no caffeine which will help reduce stress and anxiety.
10 Olive Oil
Olive oil is all around good food. Full of Omega 3 and contains a very high level of the good monounsaturated fat. It also contains vitamins E and K. Vitamin K is known to help with blood clotting.
Olive oil can be used in many things in cooking and dressings. However, it is advised not to fry with olive oil as it as a lower smoke point, its best to use rapeseed oil.
Here I have listed 10 foods that fight depression. And I think it is fair to say that the most beneficial foods are fruit, vegetable, seeds, grains, and nuts. All are natural and full of the good stuff, chocolate sneaks in as it can be beneficial.
But eating healthy can also be combined with natural therapies such as 5-HTP to help create a healthy mind and body.
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