The 8 Best Foods to Eat For Depression

These foods boost healthy brain chemistry and fight inflammation, which is linked to depression
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Superstar foods

Research shows a diet rich in produce, fish, whole grains and nuts reduces the risk of chronic conditions such as heart disease. Studies suggest such a diet also may help relieve symptoms of depression and even prevent it.

“Scientific evidence shows a clear connection between what you eat and your risk of depression and dementia,” says Drew Ramsey, MD, assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons in New York City and author of the upcoming book “Eat Complete: The 21 Nutrients that Fuel Brain Power, Boost Weight Loss and Transform Your Health.”

Here are 8 superstar foods Ramsey and other experts say can ease symptoms of depression and even help to prevent it. (Note they aren't a substitute for seeing a mental health care specialist if you think you're depressed or taking any medication you've been prescribed.)

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