Not Without a Fight!
This Thanksgiving bird has a great taste and tons of protein. It also includes tryptophan, a protein building block that your body will use to make serotonin. Serotonin is a brain chemical that plays a key role in depression. Some antidepressant drugs even work by using serotonin, and you can get a similar mood-boosting effect after you eat turkey or chicken.
Brazil nuts are rich in selenium, something that helps your body avoid damaging particles known as “free radicals.”
Studies showed that young people who didn’t get enough of these nutrients in their diet were more likely to become depressed. While they can’t say that a low selenium level caused depression, it couldn’t hurt to eat some brazil nuts.
Carrots are packed with beta-carotene. Some studies link this nutrient to lower levels of depression as well. It can’t hurt to get these in your diet, and other foods like pumpkin, spinach, sweet potatoes, and cantaloupe include them too.
Depression affects over 19 million people in America alone. If you think you might be one of them, these are some foods that can help pick up your mood.