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Something to chew on. Saturday July 6, 2013

What you eat (or don't eat) might have an effect on your mood. Here are some food tips reminders.

Eat seafood at least twice a week. Studies have found that people who have diets rich in omega-3 fatty acids (found in cold-water fish like salmon and mackerel) were less likely to suffer from depression than those with low omega-3 diets. Some researchers believe depression has skyrocketed because we get so little omega-3 fatty acids in our modern diets. Flaxseed is also an excellent source.

Consider taking a chromium supplement. This mineral may improve the function of insulin, which in turn can normalize levels of the mood-boosting brain chemical serotonin. Talk to your doctor first.

Are you getting enough folate, an important B vitamin that some researchers believe may help lift depression? Folate and other B vitamins are essential for the production and function of various mood-changing brain chemicals. In one study, participants with the lowest folate consumption turned out to be at the highest risk for depression. Avocados are one of the richest plant sources of B vitamins.

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Simon Kindlen Sat, Jul 6th 2013 @ 8:23am

Flaxseed is short chain omega-3, which is not the same as the long chain omega-3 found in oily fish. It needs to be long chain to have the benefits, fish only.

Anonymous Sat, Jul 6th 2013 @ 10:38am

I love eating oily fish, especially sardines, I love mackerel and salmon, but I still do have terrible depression. I think my depression stems from the things that keep going wrong in my life and the terrible loneliness. I like fish, but I don't think they are the answer.

June Sat, Jul 6th 2013 @ 12:48pm

And on a lighter note, fresh salmon cooked just how I like it served with a salad of mixed leaves, sweet cherry tomatoes, cucumber and strawberries if in season, dressed with olive oil and balsamic vinegar, and a few tiny potatoes glistening with butter, lifts my spirits because it is an enjoyable experience. Dismantling this delight into its chemical parts that could be taken in a pill squeezes the joy out of it.
There is a link between food and depression, and between food and low mood but cherry-picking food items is less helpful than promoting a varied diet that contains as much fresh food as possible.

Anonymous Sat, Jul 6th 2013 @ 5:23pm

Having done elimination tests to determine food sensitivities, I've found repeatedly now that I am mood-sensitive to dairy products. If I have milk, or ice cream, or cheese, especially in large quantities, or for an extended period (2-3 days in a row) I become weepy, lethargic, and depressed--too much and I can't get out of bed. Also, my joints swell up and become painful. My sister has the same problem. The doctors seem to dismiss the mood symptoms and only pay attention to the inflammation and joint problems. But I know that watching my dairy intake is important for my emotional health as well.

Anonymous Mon, Jul 15th 2013 @ 9:04am

I have been wondering if lack of iodine in our diets plays a role in depression, given that, in some cases, Hypothyroidism can account for some, or all of symptoms of depression. Studies over the past couple of years have suggested that young and pregnant women are at risk of iodine deficiency. The study published in May this year gave a link to iodine containing foods and pointed out that organic milk contained significantly less iodine. There was also a link from the report to a table of iodine containing foods. I am not getting all the recommended level of iodine from my diet, as I don't like fish. I am wondering if this is the case for other Moodscope users

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