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Feel Better Foods: Vitamins and Minerals to Fight Depression

You really are what you eat, so if you eat like crap, you'll feel like crap! Filling your body with healthy and nutrient dense foods is the best way to improve your mental and physical health. 1. Vitamin B-12 and Folic Acid: I know, I'm starting the list with something that isn't actually a food, but this is good news! These nutrients can be found in plenty of foods are are amazing when it comes to fighting depression symptoms. Load up on spinach and other leafy greens for folic acid and meats, fish and dairy products. for vitamin B-12! 2. Selenium: Alright, you caught me...another mineral. Research has shown that 200 micrograms of selenium per day can seriously decrease symptoms of depression. You can find this in whole grains, like oatmeal and brown rice. It is also found in Brazil nuts and even clams! 3. Fish: From your mood to your hair, fish oil is amazing! Omega-3 fatty acids can lower levels of depression while making your hair, skin, and nails shiner. These fatty acids actually have a huge effect on women suffering from postpartum depression. Some excellent sources of omega-3 fatty acids include salmon, tuna, and herring. 4. Fruits and Vegetables: As if you needed more reasons to eat your fruits and veg! Fruit such as strawberries and blueberries are excellent sources of vitamin C, and carrots are a great way to get beta-carotene. Nuts, seeds and wheat germ are sources of vitamin E. All of these put together equals a serious depression-fighter. 5. Vitamin D: That important vitamin we get form soaking up the sun? You can find it in foods as well! Vitamin D deficiency has been directly linked to depression, so getting adequate amounts of this nutrient is essential. Try getting your vitamin D from cheese and egg yolks! 6. Chocolate: I saved the best for last :) Dark chocolate actually releases feel-good chemicals within your brain. A small piece of chocolate can be mood boosting and it can lower blood pressure. So, go ahead and splurge with a bit of dark chocolate for dessert!
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Smoothies solve everything (with a little protein powder ~)
@Nisfit I don't know, but I want them. And I agree with @nokcha, Vitamin D is SUPER important, especially if you're on a plant-based diet because while the sun can be somewhat effective, a majority of people get their daily requirement of Vitamin D by consuming foods fortified with Vitamin D like milk, butter, and certain breads, but not as many vegan/vegetarian products are made that way. :(
@sophiamor @danidee they sort of look like yellow raspberries??
Vitamin D is super important during the winter when sunlight is scarcer!
@sophiamor I was thinking the same thing. I want some of those!!
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