5 Foods that Beat the Blues

Have you been feeling down and blah lately? While it’s normal to feel low when certain challenges happen in our lives, there are healthy foods you can eat to help fight the blues. Check out the five listed below.

by Leah C. Eriguel, 15 September 2017

Chow down on these foods to fight depression

There are a lot of factors that can contribute to feeling depressed but what we often overlook is the food we eat. Shawn Talbot, PhD, a nutritional biochemist and author of Vigor: 7 Days to Unlimited Energy, Focus and Well-Being, says that diet plays a huge role in depression. She also advises that if we eat better foods like lean proteins, whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, and fish, we get higher energy levels.  Here are some five good-mood foods to beat the blues.

1. Bananas
Bananas could be the world’s best brain food and a great mood food as well because they are high in compounds that help release serotonin. Serotonin is a chemical created by the body that helps prevent depression and provides pleasure feelings. Another “happy” nutrient found in bananas is magnesium, which the brain needs to fight stress. 

2.  Bell Peppers
Brightly-colored bell peppers are depression fighters because they are a rich source of folate and Vitamin B6. Capsaicin, an alkaloid compound found in bell peppers, has pain relieving properties as found in laboratory studies done on mammals. 

3.  Tomatoes

Feeling blah? Have a salad with lots of fresh tomatoes. This happy fruit contains loads of folic acid and alpha-lipoic acid, which are great for getting rid of the blues. Studies show that folate deficiency is common in patients with depression. Alpha-lipoic acid helps the body convert glucose to energy thus helping to stabilize one’s mood. 

4.  Fatty Fish
There are studies in adults that suggest omega-3 fatty acids may be beneficial in the treatment of mild to moderate depression. According to Talbot, the stars of the fatty fish category are mackerel, bluefish, wild salmon, and tuna. The fatty acids found in these fish contain brain-boosting properties that fight depression. As a bonus, they also help to improve circulation and reduce the risk of heart disease. 

5. Low-fat Dairy Products
Fight the blues with skim milk, low-fat cheeses, and yogurt. These are just some of the low-fat dairy products rich in calcium, vitamin D, and protein, which are great for your body for numerous reasons including beating depression. Talbot says low-fat dairy is the richest dietary source of two powerhouse nutrients; calcium and vitamin D, that both bring about a sense of well-being and relaxation.