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It’s no secret that some people turn to food for comfort when feeling down or suffering from depression. But not all foods that satisfy your cravings in the short term are as helpful in the long run.
A recent study found that people who ate more junk food, one with processed meats, chocolates, sweet desserts, fried food and dairy products high on fat are more likely to report symptoms of depression.
While fruits and veggies have long been known to be key in a healthy lifestyle, they're not the only options. Here are three foods to keep in mind for depression treatment.
Eggs are high in vitamin B and protein. A diet high in B vitamins can help reduce depression or the severity of symptoms, primarily low moods.
Eggs can be enjoyed in a variety of ways, alone or accompanied by other foods like in omelets or scrambled. Be sure to keep accompanying portions of animal products that are high in saturated fats small.
Eating more nuts can lead to longer, healthier lives. In addition, nuts and seeds, such as pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, cashews, almonds, and peanuts, are helpful when battling depression. They are good sources of magnesium, which leads the body to produce serotonin, an antidepressant chemical substance that can boost energy levels.
Instead of candy or big portions of chocolate as snacks, consider trading them in for nuts or seeds. Choose unsalted or unsweetened varieties because they are less likely to influence you to overeat or crave more sugar or salt.
Cold-water fish including wild salmon, herring, sardines, and tuna are good sources of protein and omega-3 fatty acids. Fish has long been known as “brain food” because of omega-3 fatty acids, which can alleviate boost your mood.
For an alternative to cold-water fish try fish-oil supplements, which provide you with the same nutrients.
Source: MSN Healthy Living
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