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9 Foods That Fight Depression Better Than Medication

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Depression has its effects on physical health just like it has on the mental, so its treatment should target both in order to ensure overall health.

Depression can be treated in a variety of different ways that are generally well known. For example, if you are living with depression, you might find it helpful to visit one of the many treatment facilities out there. A lot of people will also go to see their doctor in the hope of being prescribed some anti-depressants or another type of prescribed medication. This is probably the most common treatment. Others will search online for “psychotherapy nyc” or wherever they are based with the intention of trying psychology-based treatments such as CBT, as these have high success rates. There is also a large proportion of people suffering from depression or low mood who use marijuana, bought from sites like elev8seeds, to self-medicate. You will probably have known of most, if not all, of those methods of treating depression. However, one method you might not know about is supplementing your diet with mood-boosting foods.

Consequently, the following 9 drinks and foods can greatly help the treatment of this disease:

1 – Blueberries

Blueberries have potent antioxidant properties which reduce oxidative stress, which is the main feature of this disease. They also support the growth of new cells, which is also a way to treat depression.

2– Bananas

These fruits are rich n tryptophan, which is converted into 5-HTP by the brain. Afterward, 5-HTP is turned into positive neurotransmitters such as serotonin and melatonin. Moreover, bananas are also rich in potassium and magnesium, so make sure you have a couple of them daily.

3– Almonds

Magnesium is a miraculous remedy in the treatment of migraines and depression, and a 100-gram bunch of almonds contains 268 mg of magnesium.

This has been confirmed by a 1968 study which showed that the adequate levels of magnesium reverse migraines, irritability, and depression.

You should have a handful of almonds daily, and it is estimated that women and men aged 19-30 need 310 mg and 400 mg of magnesium, respectively, while 31 and older need 420 mg, and women 320 mg.

4 – Avocados

Avocados are high in potassium, 485 mg per 100 grams, and this mineral has been shown to treat stress and depression. Hence, make sure you consume an avocado during snack time, and some more during the day, as adults should get 4,700 mg of potassium daily.

5 – Asparagus

Asparagus is high in folic acid, and B vitamins, which improve mental helps by supporting the body’s tryptophan conversion, which in turn is converted into serotonin.

6 – Chocolate

Dark chocolate, or specifically, the cocoa in it, boosts the levels of serotonin and dopamine in the brain and lowers the levels of cortisol, the ‘stress’ neurotransmitter. Make sure you get 40 grams of dark chocolate daily. It help that it’s delicious, just like these sunshower gummies which also help fight the symptoms of depression.

7 – Spinach

Spinach contains more folic acid than all other dark leafy greens, and depressive people often lack it. Folic acid also boosts the levels of dopamine and serotonin in the brain. Spinach is rich in magnesium and improves the antidepressant effectiveness.

8 – Salmon

Salmon contains omega-3 fatty acids, which soften cell membranes and helps serotonin to reach the brain. If you take anti-depressants, it will reduce the side-effects, and boost their effectiveness.

Yet, make sure you always consume farmed organic salmon, and a whole fish contains 1 gram of omega-3.

9 – Green Tea

Green tea has been used in the treatment of depression for millennia. It contains polyphenols which boost the brain’s supply of dopamine and increase insulin sensitivity, which ensures a steady supply of glucose – which serves as a brain fuel.

Studies have shown that the more green tea you drink, the more benefits you enjoy. Therefore, drink more and feel less depressed!

The following video from Barbara Mendes will reveal more about foods which will help you fight depression:

Source: www.davidwolfe.com
Other included sources linked in David Wolfe’s article:
Mayo Clinic
Psychology Today
Global Healing Center
MentalHealthDaily.com
GoFitLife.ca
CAMH