Most people don’t even realize they have depression. And those who do use artificial medication that has negative side effects. You’ll be happy to know that you can treat depression naturally using healthy foods.
Some foods have the ability to change our mood since they affect neurotransmitters. Neurotransmitters are brain signals that affect energy levels, mood, appetite and other body functions.
Use these foods to fight depression naturally.
Cashews are rich in Tryptophan, an amino acid that controls mood, improves sleep and reduces depression and anxiety. 100 grams of cashews have about 300mg of tryptophan.
2. Green tea
Research shows that the polyphenols in green tea increase dopamine levels in the brain. And this makes you feel better. Researchers say that drinking 4 cups of green tea daily can greatly lower depression.
Avocados contain omega 3s and potassium which is known to reduce depression. Remember to eat a slice each day.
Almonds are rich in magnesium which is great for relieving depression, research shows. Most people don’t get enough magnesium in their diet so eating almonds will help a great deal.
5. Dark chocolate
Dark chocolate contains cocoa which boosts serotonin and dopamine levels in the brain. It also lowers cortisol levels and ultimately reduces depression.
This vegetable contains folic acid and B vitamins that boost brain function. I may also note that the nutrients in asparagus aid in the conversion of tryptophan into serotonin.
Oxidative stress is one of the causes of depression. Well, blueberries have strong antioxidant properties that rid oxidative stress. They’re also said to aid growth of brain cells which may reduce depression.
Salmon has high amounts of omega 3 fatty acids. And research shows that people with major depressive disorder can benefit from omega 3s (preferably from seafood). Studies also show that omega 3s reduce the side effects of antidepressants. Make sure you buy wild-caught fish.
This dark green veggie contains folic acid which enhances levels of dopamine and serotonin in the brain. Its magnesium content also helps in relieving depression.
Bananas contain potassium, magnesium and tryptophan – all these treat depression.
Source: Natural News