What superfood is good for depression?

 Instead of reaching for traditional carbohydrate filled comfort foods when the ‘blues’ start to creep in, why not try a superfood instead. Superfoods are known to be beneficial for physical health and more research is now being conducted to find out the effects they have on mental health and wellbeing. 

It is difficult to choose one superfood so try incorporating a variety into your diet.

Leafy greens:

Nutrient-dense and anti-inflammatory, leafy greens are a great addition to any diet. Spinach, kale, chard, and wheatgrass all have powerful immune-boosting and anti-inflammatory properties. Recent research has indicated a correlation between brain inflammation and depression and fatigue , so adding these to your diet could be beneficial. 

Berries:

Especially blueberries are rich in antioxidants, flavanols, vitamins and fibre. Thanks to their high content of vitamin C and antioxidants blueberries can help regulate and prevent spikes in cortisol levels. This is by repairing and protecting cells thus helping to calm nervous disorders such as anxiety. They also help boost serotonin levels which is commonly known as the happy hormone, as add a few blueberries to your day and beat the blues away!

Nuts:

Especially walnuts. Many nuts help provide extra omega- 3 fats but as well as doing this, walnuts are a great source of protein and are known to support overall brain health.

 One study found that depression scores were 26% lower among those who consumed about 1/4 cup of walnuts per day and that people who consumed walnuts were more likely to be more optimistic and have more energy.

Chocolate:

We all know that eating chocolate makes us happy, but the good news is that science is beginning to back this up. Dark chocolate is rich in polyphenols especially flavonoids, which may help to reduce brain inflammation and reduce blood flow. It also helps to produce serotonin which is a mood-enhancing hormone. A recent study reported that people who ate dark chocolate in the past 24 hours were 70% less likely to report depression. Be careful though only dark chocolate is suitable! 

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