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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happy fingers
wild salmon
berries cup spoon
turmeric root
dark chocolate
lentil soup
walnuts
kale salad
grape tomatoes
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Dark chocolate

Dark chocolate (not milk chocolate) is packed with antioxidants — and the darker the better. Dark chocolate also contains tyrosine, an amino acid that contributes to the production of dopamine, a chemical associated with pleasure centers in the brain, according to the Women’s Brain Health Initiative, an organization that promotes research about brain aging diseases that affect women. Dark chocolate also stimulates the production of endorphins, brain chemicals that make you feel pleasure.

Even in terms of nutrients, dark chocolate has value. “You get a good dose of iron and fiber,” says Columbia University psychiatrist Drew Ramsey, MD. But remember chocolate has a lot of calories, so make a little go a long way.