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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Walnuts

According to the Women’s Brain Health Initiative, walnuts contain a variety of nutrients and other substances that help boost brain health, including omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants and protein. Walnuts also are a good source of tryptophan, which plays a role in increasing serotonin levels, in turn helping us feel more relaxed and happy.

Walnuts provide magnesium as well. This crucial mineral calms and relaxes blood vessels and nerves. Up to two-thirds of Americans don’t get enough magnesium in their diet, according to Columbia University psychiatrist Drew Ramsey, MD.

Eating walnuts will help guard against magnesium deficiency, which has been linked to depression. In an article on depression and magnesium deficiency published in the Journal of Geriatric Medicine, the authors noted symptoms of magnesium deficiency range from apathy to psychosis.