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
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Tomatoes

Can a tomato a day keep the therapist away? Tomatoes are rich in lycopene, a powerful antioxidant that may help protect against depression, according to a Japanese study in the Journal of Affective Disorders. Researchers found a tomato-rich diet lowered the risk of depression. In fact, older people who ate tomatoes two to six times a week were 46 percent less likely to suffer from depression than those who ate tomatoes less often than once a week.

Look for smaller varieties, because much of a tomato’s nutrients are in the skin. A pound of grape tomatoes has more skin than a pound of larger varieties, Ramsey advises. "Also look for darker-skinned tomatoes because they have higher concentrations of other important brain-protecting compounds, such as anthocyanins." By canning some of your summer tomatoes, he says, you can have tomatoes year-round.