Diet we carry is a determining factor in our mood and, as Ludwig Feuerbach said, “we are what we eat”, and no reason was missing. In that vein, there are several investigations seeking to how make better use of the enormous potential of various nutrients. In fact, according to the findings of a recent study, some foods may even help to improve the symptoms of depression, as they have unveiled some experts, headed by Dr. Drew Ramsey, a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Columbia (New York), annual Conference 2016 of the American Psychiatric Association (APA).
Some foods help the body to secrete hormones such as serotonin or endorphin, causing a feeling of happiness and well-being, so it could help improve some symptoms of depression
Research was done with the purpose of giving to physicians and psychiatrists of tools that will support when it comes to prescribe a more full treatment for depression that also takes into account the role of nutrition in the improvement of the physical condition and mood of the patient, especially in those who have certain nutritional deficiencies. The results of the study allowed a list which have called essential nutrients for the brain (NEC), such as the omega 3 fatty acids, fiber, magnesium, calcium, and vitamins E, D, B1, B9 and B12, whose consumption could help alleviate emotional like depression and anxiety disorders.
The natural antidepressant, serotonin
In our Organization we have a neurotransmitter called serotonin, which is responsible for generating feelings of well-being and happiness, and that if it is not in normal amounts can even cause disorders such as anxiety, depression or sadness. To produce serotonin body should take tryptophan, an amino acid that is not capable of developing on its own, so we have to get it from some foods such as egg, nuts, or fish.
It must be added that these effects are short term; i.e., our State of mind can be enhanced with a meal, but if we really want to take advantage of these potential properties of food researchers recommend a varied diet. And it is that, although it must be stressed that there are no specific foods to treat depression as such, a healthy diet can be an important part of an overall plan of treatment that helps waterpumping our physical and mental state.