Eat to Beat the Blues

Eat to Beat the Blues

Typical comfort foods that are packaged or fried (like cookies and French fries) can actually help make you feel worse. They are high in omega-6 fatty acids, which reduce the influence of mood-boosting omega-3s. A healthy diet, however (whole grains, veggies, nuts, and seafood), can lower your depression risk by up to 40 percent. Put a smile on your face with these foods.

Beet Greens: Don’t toss the tops – mix them with the roasted root for a delicious salad. They are loaded with antioxidants like vitamin K, which fights stress by eliminating free radicals in your body, as well as a healthy dose of folate.

Pumpkin Seeds: Toast them and add to salads, yogurt, or even a smoothie for a natural source of the amino acid tryptophan, which your body converts to the feel-good hormone serotonin. Pumpkin seeds are also a great source of magnesium, another mineral shown to lift spirits.

Oysters: These mollusks contain vitamin B12 which helps your body make the mood-boosting neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine. They are also packed with omega-3s and zinc, which increases brain activity.

Eggs: In addition to B12 and folate, eggs are rich in choline, a nutrient that your brain uses to regulate your emotions. The yolks are also full of carotenoids, which are linked an increase in optimism.

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