The Scoop January 2016 - Page 7

9 Types of Food to Help Manage Depression

Hundreds of thousands of individuals all over the world cope with depression each and every day. It it's not an easy diagnosis, but with the right nutrients it can be better managed. Here are 9 types of food to help manage depression.

1. Carbohydrates

Not all carbohydrates will show positive results to help manage depression but, what many experts like to refer to as, “smart carbs” will. Carbohydrates are linked to

strong levels of serotonin, which will help boost your mood. Although this may help boost your mood, make sure that you limit your sugar intake and quench your carb desires by eating smart carbs like fruits, vegetables, whole grains and nuts.

2. Vitamin C

Vitamin C isn’t just used for prevent off colds, it’s also proven to be effective in dealing with depression as well. Vitamin C, like carbohydrates, play an important role in the production of serotonin. If you’re looking to boost your Vitamin C intake, you should consider eating foods such as spinach, oranges, grapefruits and peas.

3. Vitamin E

Low levels of Vitamin E have been found to be connected to anxiety and depression. This vitamin is an antioxidant which holds many great health benefits. If you’re looking to boost your mood through Vitamin E, try eating chickpeas, oats, egg yolks, seeds and nuts. Also, try cooking with canola oil or other healthy oils for added benefits.