Did you know that what you eat may have an effect on your mood? Some medical professionals and natural health experts point to the role of nutrients in fighting depression. According to multiple sources, certain foods contain these vital, depression-fighting nutrients. Here are some of the top-depression-fighting foods.
1) Turkey. Have you seen L-tryptophan and L-tyrosine supplements in health food stores? Some people supplement with these two amino acids because they are said to boost your mood. Your body needs these substances to make the important brain chemicals serotonin and norepinephrine. Rather than supplements, which may or may not be absorbed well in your body, experts suggest foods high in these amino acids as a better source. Turkey is one of those foods–it contains L-tryptophan. Other foods with these amino acids include: pumpkin seeds, chicken, fish, beans, avocados.
2) Lean Beef. If you can find lean, grass-fed beef, it may be better and more nutritious than corn-fed, factory-raised beef. Why beef for depression? Beef contains B6 and B12, which are extremely important for regulating mood. Other sources of B6 include: eggs, tuna, bananas, prunes, garbanzo beans.
3) Salmon. Have you heard about the benefits of “good fats’ in treating and managing depression? There’s a good reason for that–essential fatty acids, the good fats, may play an important role in regulating mood. Salmon is high in important fats. It’s also a good source of B12, another mood booster.
4) Beans. You may have heard about how important folate, or folic acid, is for pregnant women and their unborn babies. It may be important for depressed people too–folate may have a profound effect on important neurotransmitters. Specific beans that have the most folate include: lentils, pinto beans, garbanzos, black beans.
Another note on beans, black beans in particular tend to be high in magnesium, an important depression-fighting nutrient. Other foods high in magnesium include: oat bran, artichokes, halibut, almonds, spinach.
5) Greens. Also rich in folate, dark leafy greens and other vegetables contain iron and calcium as well. Greens include: asparagus, collard greens, turnip greens, spinach.
For those living with depression, every day can be a challenge. Try adding some of these ingredients to make casseroles, soups, salads, and other tasty dishes. In addition to this, essential oils such as grapefruit oil are another natural way to help with depression.
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Tasha Nelson is a busy mom, wife and registered nurse who works the night shift at a large midwest hospital. She is also a total wellness enthusiast who firmly believes in the importance of taking care of yourself. A healthy mind, body, and spirit makes for a happy person. Isn’t that what we all want?