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
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turmeric root
dark chocolate
lentil soup
walnuts
kale salad
grape tomatoes
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Berries

Fruits help fight inflammation because they’re low in fat and high in antioxidants. But berries have the highest levels of antioxidants of any fruits and vegetables, according to the Department of Agriculture.

A study published in the Indian Journal of Psychiatry in 2012 found patients suffering from depression had significantly lower levels of vitamins A, C and E compared with a healthy control group. After being treated for six weeks with antioxidant supplements, the patients had significantly lower depression scores.

Berries are rich in anthocyanins, powerful phytochemicals that give them their bright hues. They're critical to brain health, says Columbia University psychiatrist Drew Ramsey, MD, because they increase levels of BDNF, a brain-protecting chemical that improves memory while warding off depression.