Depression is a serious mental disorder which has an effect on both the mental and physical health. It is pretty difficult to treat and prevent, but according to recent studies, there are many foods and drinks which can assist in the treatment and prevention of depression.
Here are 9 foods that can fight the disease better than medications:
Blueberries are incredibly powerful antioxidants that can reduce the oxidative stress in the body and support the growth of new cells, which can help in the treatment of depression.
Bananas are rich in tryptophan, a precursor to the neurotransmitters serotonin and melatonin which regulate our mood. Bananas also contain magnesium and potassium which are also important for our health, so make sure to eat a few every day.
Magnesium is a key mineral for our mental health, and almonds have it in abundance. According to a 1968 study, proper magnesium levels in the body can prevent headaches, migraines, anxiety and depression, which is why experts suggest eating a handful of almonds every day. People between 19 and 30 need 310-400 mg. of magnesium per day, while those older than 30 need a bit more.
Avocados are rich in potassium, a highly important mineral for our mental health which can relieve stress and assist in the treatment of depression. 100 gr. of avocado have about 485 mg. of potassium, which means that eating one per day can give your body all the potassium it needs.
Asparagus contains a variety of vitamins and minerals important for our brain such as vitamin B and folic acid. These nutrients can support the conversion of tryptophan to serotonin in the body, which will reduce the risk of depression.
Dark chocolate with a high cocoa content can lower the cortisol levels in your brain and relieve stress, while boosting the levels of serotonin and dopamine in the brain which will improve your mood. However, make sure not to eat more than 40 gr. of dark chocolate per day, as more can have adverse side-effects.
Spinach is rich in numerous essential nutrients for the brain including iron, folic acid in magnesium. Spinach works best when used with antidepressants – it will improve their efficiency and soothe any potential side-effects.
Salmon is rich in omega-3 fatty acids and other nutrients which can relieve the side-effects of antidepressants. However, make sure to get wild-caught salmon, as most of the one you can see in the market is not exactly healthy.
Green tea has been used to treat depression for a long time. It contains polyphenols and other important nutrients that can improve insulin sensitivity and the levels of dopamine in your brain, while also ensuring steady glucose supply which the brain uses as fuel. The more of this incredible tea you drink, the better you’ll feel.
Watch the video below to see even more foods that can fight depression: