The Scoop January 2016 - Page 8

Vitamin D

Omega-3

Fatty Acids

Protein

4. Vitamin D

The likeliness of suffering from depression was greatly increased in individuals with a Vitamin D deficiency. Increased level of Vitamin D (to a certain extent) led to a decreased level of depression symptoms. If you’re looking to boost your Vitamin D intake, consider adding more raw fish, fortified cereals, eggs, mushrooms and diary products to your diet.

5. Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Omega-3 fatty acids provide endless health benefits. When it comes to depression, scientists have recently revealed that low levels of Omega-3 in your diet can be associated with depression. Eating just a small amount of these acids can have a positive effect on your mindstate. To increase Omega-3 Fatty Acids in your diet, eat more fatty fish, flaxseeds, nuts, canola oil, walnuts and dark green leafy vegetables.

6. Protein

Foods rich in protein are also rich in an amino acid called tyrosine. Tyrosine has been proven to help boost levels of dopamine and norepinephrine – brain chemicals that help you feel alert and energetic. To reap the benefits, simply add more beans, peas, lean beef, milk, poultry, yogurt and fish to your diet.