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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Wild salmon

Studies have found people with depression are likely to have certain inflammatory proteins in their blood, brain and spinal cord fluid. Salmon and other oily fish are high in omega-3 fatty acids, which help reduce inflammation. If you have depression, two weekly servings of cold-water fish may ease your symptoms, according to Ohio State University researchers.

Salmon also contains vitamin B12, zinc and protein which are all important for brain health, says psychiatrist Drew Ramsey, MD. “The brain is your body's master mood regulator," he adds. Stick with wild salmon and other sustainable seafood. If you're pregnant or nursing, have no more than 12 ounces of fish per week.

If you don’t like fish, supplements may help. A large Canadian study found omega-3 supplements reduced symptoms in people with depression (who did not also have anxiety disorders).