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Foods to Help Depression

By February 6, 2020No Comments

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Before you can love others, it helps to love yourself. ❤️According to the World Health Org. over 300 million people suffer from depression (and that’s only those that have reported it). I know from personal experience, that when severely depressed, loving yourself is commonly last on the list.

I was so uneducated when I attempted suicide, and wish I had known that food can contribute to or help with depression. (I’m not claiming food cures all depression, or causes all depression. There are MANY different factors that play a part in depression). But, these few posts are for those suffering who may benefit from this info like I did.

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?Cashews, walnuts, almonds – they are high in L-tryptophan. L-tryptophan is the amino acid that is needed to create serotonin (a happy feel good chemical). (1)
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?Avocados – also contain tryptophan. But, they also have omega 3s which is the fatty acid that does 2 things for your brain. 1st – it helps combat inflammation (inflammation can be the root cause to depression) And 2nd, omega 3s help regulate our brains neurotransmitters. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter. Basically your brain loves good healthy fats to run smoothly.
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?Fatty fish – is a good source of niacin (vit B3) which is the energy source to produce serotonin from the tryptophan. It also has omega 3s. (2)
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?Tomatoes – these are high in folate and alpha-lipoic acid, both of which are good for fighting depression. According to the Journal of Psychiatry and Neuroscience, studies showed that about one-third of patients with depression were deficient in folate.(3)
Folate also can prevent an excess of homocysteine, which can restrict the production of important neurotransmitters like serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine.
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?Pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, turkey breast, sweet potatoes. These contain vitamin B6. Vitamin B6 is the cofactor (“helper molecule”) in making serotonin AND norepinephrine (another happy hormone). (4)
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Many more foods can help as well: chia seeds, flax seeds, berries, leafy greens, vegetables, fermented foods, foods with prebiotics and probiotics, and more.

I hope that this blog post was helpful to you! Do you know someone who might benefit from this information?
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