Which foods help anxiety and depression?

 

Anxiety and depression are widespread conditions affecting millions of people around the world and whilst there are no immediate ‘cures’ for depression and anxiety, many people find that improving their nutrition can be a great support to traditional therapies.

Mediterranean diet

Research has found that people who were clinically depressed showed signs of improvement after following a Mediterranean diet. To follow this approach, include:

Essential fatty acids support the activity of feel-good neurotransmitters such as serotonin and dopamine. Omega-3 is an essential fatty acid found in foods such as:

  • Oily fish -salmon, tuna, mackerel and sardines
  • Green leafy vegetables -wheatgrass is fantastic
  • Nuts-walnuts and hazelnuts and seeds -flax seeds and sunflower seeds

Complex carbohydrates help boost serotonin levels, this is found in fruit, vegetables, pulses and whole grains.

Plenty of folate-rich dark leafy greens. Asparagus, kale, Brussel sprouts and spinach are high in folates.

Alternatively, removing sugar from our diets can be beneficial as research has shown a correlation between a high sugar intake and depression and anxiety.

Sticking to a healthy diet is not only great for the body but the mind too. A simple way to improve your nutrition is to add superfood juice to your diet. To find out more visit our shop today.