Foods which can help beat depression

Depression affects such a large percentage of our population.  Some research suggests that nutrient deficiencies often look like mental health problems. Our brain is incredibly complex and how we interact with food determine how our brain interacts with us. We piled together a list of food which is said to have a good impact on brain and body functions, keeping our moods well and balanced.

1. Walnuts

A rich plant based source of omega 3 fatty acids. Numerous studies have demonstrated how omega-3 fatty acids supports brain function and reduces symptoms of depression

2. Mushrooms

The chemical properties in mushrooms opposes insulin which helps lower blood sugar, in turn, evening out your mood. They possess similar properties to that of a pro biotic as they promote healthy gut bacteria. This is great for improving our mood as the nerve cells in our gut produce 80-90% of the body’s serotonin. A critical neurotransmitter.

3. Protein rich foods

Foods like turkey, chicken or tuna contain tryptophan, an amino acid which helps to manufacture serotonin. Turkey has one of the highest levels of tryptophan.

4. Dark chocolate

Enhances mood by increasing endorphins in the brain. This promotes a sense of well-being.

5. Whole Grains

Healthy, high fibre carbohydrates in whole grains do your body good as well as helping you feel good. Complex carbohydrates are wonderful foods to improve mood quickly. For example, brown rice, oatmeal, sweet potatoes and whole wheat pasta.

6. Green Tea

Green tea has a host of benefits! The depression fighting properties can be traced to amino acid known as theanine. Naturally found in the tea leaves. It provides an anti stress relaxation benefit to tea drinkers.

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