If the winter cold and darkness are getting you down, here's an uplifting tip. Eat yourself back to merriment.

Yes, food is the best medicine - even when it comes to mental health. Increasingly, doctors are shifting from prescribing drugs to recommending nutritional strategies and exercise to beat the blues.

The best way to fight back against the blues? Get up and fix a mental-health-sustaining meal. Give yourself the mood-boosting nutrition your brain’s craving. Start eating well and the shift in mood will follow.

Many foods can help you get your mojo back. But these two in particular should be in every anti-depression diet . . .

Fight Depression With Antioxidants

When we’re stressed, our bodies increase mobilization of antioxidants like vitamin C, vitamin E and beta-carotene. A group of Indian researchers hypothesized that supplementing your diet with these antioxidants might help combat the anxiety and depression that can come with stress.

And they were right. Eighty people suffering from anxiety and depression participated in the study. The researchers noted that at the beginning of the study, their levels of vitamins E, C and beta-carotene were noticeably low. After 6 weeks of supplementation, not only were their blood levels of these stress-fighting molecules higher, but they were feeling better, too. Both anxiety and depression had diminished noticeably.[1]

Ready to fight off the blues? Get more antioxidants in your diet. Antioxidant-rich foods include green tea, pomegranate, berries and - one of my favorites - chlorella.

Get Good Mood Foods With Folate

In an article published in the Journal of Neuroscience and Psychiatry, researcher Simon Young challenged mental health researchers to take a different tact when it comes to depression. As Young explained, too many studies on depression focus on a relatively small cause of this mental health problem - genetics.

Instead, he urged researchers to spend more time on the much more common link between nutritional deficiencies and the blues. As he pointed out, close to a third of people who are battling depression are low in the B vitamin, folate. And according to a few small studies, boosting your folate intake may help your mood.[2]

Where do you get folate? Since 1998, folic acid has been added to all breads and cereals. With 36 micrograms per serving, chlorella is a good source of folic acid. Liver, spinach, asparagus and Brussel sprouts also give you a nice dose of this water-soluble B vitamin.

You Can Fight Depression With Nutrition!

Don’t let the blues drag you down. Eat up and lift your mood! As you now know, getting the right nutrition can make a huge difference in how you feel.

To find out about 2 more mood-enhancing nutrients go to https://www.sunchlorellausa.com/blog/4-natural-mood-enhancers-you-can-fi....

[1] Gautam M et al. Role of antioxidants in generalised anxiety disorder and depression. Indian J Psychiatry. 2012 Jul-Sep; 54(3): 244–247.
[2] Young SN. Folate and depression—a neglected problem J Psychiatry Neurosci. Mar 2007; 32(2): 80–82.

Author's Bio: 

About Dr. Michael E Rosenbaum, MD

Dr. Michael E. Rosenbaum is a 35-year veteran and widely recognized pioneer in the field of nutritional medicine, alternative healthcare and medical acupuncture. As one of America's most respected experts in natural health and healing, Dr. Rosenbaum has been a frequent lecturer to professional medical groups and has participated in numerous television and radio talk shows. He is also an esteemed member of the Sun Chlorella Advisory Board, which helps guide the medical innovation behind Sun Chlorella products.

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