Eat ‘happy’ foods. Oily fish have been found to be particularly
beneficial for alleviating depression, so include plenty of mackerel,
halibut, sardines and tuna in your diet. Also, eat turkey, salmon and
dairy products, as they contain high levels of tryptophan. Eat more
foods high in vitamin B6 such as soybeans, lentils, meat, poultry,
fish, fruits and brown rice.
Make sure you have enough fat in your diet from mono- or polyunsaturated fats, and cook with olive oil.
Cut out caffeine and refined sugar, both of which have been linked
to depression. Drinking more than 700 mg of caffeine a day (which
translates into four or five cups of coffee a day) can cause
depression, as can a diet with a large amount of refined sugar.
Avoid low-fat diets. Although apparently healthy, they may be doing
more harm than good, as studies have shown that low-cholesterol diets
can lead to depression and even suicide.
Try eating chocolate. It contains the amino-acid phenylethylamine
(PEA). In one study, a group of people with major depression were found
to be low in PEA. As soon as they began taking PEA and vitamin B6,
their mood lifted.
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B-complex vitamins - Look for those that contain 50 mcg each of vitamin
B12 and biotin, 400 mcg of folic acid and 50 mg of all the other B
Vitamin C - 500 mg twice a day
Calcium - 500 mg/day and magnesium 200 mg/day (both necessary for
nerve function). One recent study showed “rapid recovery [less than
seven days] from major depression” with magnesium supplements.
Zinc - 15 mg/day (necessary for healthy brain function)
Omega-3 essential fatty acids (EFAs) - 2 g/day. Cod liver oil capsules
are a good inexpensive source—or evening primrose oil 3 g/day, or EPA
(eicosapentaenoic acid) 1 g/day. In one study, taking EFAs for just 12
weeks was found to reduce depression by 50 per cent—and these were all
patients for whom conventional drugs had failed.
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