Depression has its impacts on physical health much like it has on the mental, so its treatment should target both in order to ensure overall health. The following 9 drinks and foods can considerably help the treatment of this disease:
Blueberries have powerful antioxidant properties which reduce oxidative stress, which is the highlight of this disease. They also support the growth of new cells, which is also a way to treat depression.
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 consume a few of them daily.
Magnesium is an amazing 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 revealed 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.
Avocados are high in potassium, 485 mg per 100 grams, and this mineral has been revealed to treat stress and anxiety. Hence, make sure you consume an avocado during snack time, and some more during the day, as adults need to get 4,700 mg of potassium daily.
Asparagus is high in folic acid, and B vitamins, which improve mental health by supporting the body’s tryptophan conversion, which in turn is converted into serotonin.
Dark chocolate, or specifically, the cocoa in it, improves the levels of serotonin and dopamine in the brain and reduces the levels of cortisol, the ‘stress’ neurotransmitter. Make sure you get 40 grams of dark chocolate daily.
Spinach contains more folic acid than all other dark leafy greens, and depressive people usually 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.
Salmon contains omega-3 fats, which soften cell membranes and helps serotonin to reach the brain. If you take anti-depressants, it will reduce the side-effects, and improve 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 centuries. It consists of polyphenols which improve the brain’s supply of dopamine and increase insulin level of sensitivity, which ensures a steady supply of glucose—that functions 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 show more about foods which will help you fight depression:
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