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
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Kale

Kale is a true superfood, says Columbia University psychiatrist Drew Ramsey, MD, who is so impressed with the nutritional benefits of this vegetable he wrote an entire book about it: "Fifty Shades of Kale." One cup of raw kale (in a salad, say) has only 33 calories, he says, but provides more than the recommended daily allotment of vitamins A, C and K.

Kale contains a good deal of folate (vitamin B9), so eat up — several studies have linked folate deficiency with depression, according to Ramsey. Kale also is a rich source of iron and vitamin B6 — both needed to make the brain chemicals serotonin and dopamine, which play important roles in mental health.

Kale also boasts omega-3 ALA (alpha-linolenic acid), a compound that helps lower the risk of depression, according to Ramsey.