Depression could be curbed with the right food; Experts

By Arya M Nair, Intern Reporter
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Eating the right food can help beat depression effectively, especially during times of the COVID-19 pandemic, say nutritionists.

Mental depression can be caused by troubles linked to personal health, family situation, financial condition, or any other issue. The common belief is that people when depressed tend to consume food in excess.

A recent Lancet report indicated that more and more people are suffering from depression-related disorders due to the after-effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, and nutritionists suggest that eating good food can elevate mood and help overcome depression.

Nutritionists explain the link between food and depression by stating that “Poor food choices and selection of foods might contribute to deficiency of the nutrients which actually can result in depression. Some amino acids like tryptophan, tyrosine, methionine, and phenylalanine are often helpful in treating many mild disorders including depression.”

Omega-3 Fatty acid
Food rich in Omega-3 fatty acid

Lifestyle changes and a better diet can tackle depression, while medicines or counseling provide only temporary relief. Omega 3 fatty acids have anti-depressant effects among humans and are very important to be included in the diet, experts suggest.

Human bodies naturally produce molecules known as free radicals, which can cause cell damage, accelerate aging, and cause other issues. Antioxidant-rich foods and vitamin-rich fruits and vegetables have a good effect on the brain and help to reduce the harmful effects of these free radicals. Having Carrots, pumpkin, spinach, oranges, tomatoes, nuts, and seeds will be extremely beneficial.

Healthy Food
Antioxidant-rich foods have good effect on brain

Overweight or obese people are more likely to suffer from depression because excess body weight will impact the immune system and bring hormonal changes among both men and women. Obese individuals must immediately work on cutting down weight if they intend to overcome depression, and healthy food habits are the first step in that direction.

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