5 Top Foods For Beating the Blues

September 17, 2013

The leaves are falling, the days are darkening, and the weather’s getting nippy. As memories of summer vacations fade, it can be hard to stay positive—especially when you’ve been stuck in traffic in the pouring rain for what seems like hours.

But don’t call in the psychiatric team just yet. You don’t need drugs, therapy, or even cuddly house pets to purge the sadness from your system—these five common foods can help you ditch depression for good!

#1 Fish Oil

People have been calling fish oil a superfood for years, and with good reason. It’s a great source of essential omega-3 acids, of course—everyone knows that.

And the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry recently found that the docosahexaenoic acid found in fish oil may help prevent suicide in men.

According to the study, men with lower-than-average DHA levels were 62 percent more likely to commit suicide. So the next time you’re feeling low, try grabbing a tuna fish sandwich. It could save your life!

#2 Coffee

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Hang on,” I hear you mumble. “Doesn’t caffeine cause depression?”

Surprisingly, no—a study by the Harvard School of Public Health suggests that drinking two to three cups of coffee a day helps reduce the risk of suicide among men and women by a whopping 50 percent.

It seems caffeine has a tendency to stimulate serotonin neurotransmitters in the brain. It actually works like a mild antidepressant.

Don’t rush out and down a whole pot at once, however. Researchers found that drinking more than eight or nine cups a day actually increases the risk of suicide.

#3 Dark Chocolate

How could something that tastes as good as chocolate be a health food?

Well, it is. The cocoa in chocolate, particularly the darker varieties, aids in the production of antidepressant neurochemicals like serotonin and dopamine.

Cocoa also relaxes blood vessels in the brain, allowing that sweet, sweet chemical goodness to circulate more freely in your cerebellum.

Combined with the small sugar high and the placebo effect from the pleasing taste, chocolate does more than its share to stave off seasonal crankiness.

#4 Portobello Mushrooms

Mushrooms are notorious for growing where the sun don’t shine, but portobello mushrooms are packed with Vitamin D. In fact, they’re the only vegetable product that provides Vitamin D to the body.

Just an ounce and a half of these delicious mushrooms will take care of your daily requirement for this essential nutrient.

Considering that depression is correlated with low levels of Vitamin D, they might brighten your mood as well as your plate.

#5 Magic Mushrooms (Really!)

While you may not see this “food” on many menus, a growing body of evidence suggests that psilocybin, the active hallucinogen in magic mushrooms, may not just treat depression but actually cure it—permanently!

In 2006, a research group from Johns Hopkins University found that more than a year after administering controlled doses of psilocybin to 36 volunteers, most of the test subjects reported permanently higher levels of well-being.

And since magic mushrooms are often consumed covered in chocolate, you have a doubly high chance to elevate your mood!

Diet Can Help!

Psychological depression is a serious disorder, and if you suspect you or a loved one is at risk, you must seek attention from a qualified doctor, psychologist, or psychiatrist right away. If you’re facing a case of the blues, however, diet can help put a spring back into your step.

Give these happy ingredients a try!


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