Depression is common illness worldwide and it is estimated that more than 264 million people across the globe suffer from depression and it the second leading cause of death in the 15-29-year age group. Depression affects many people, and it can be life changing. Medical treatment and counselling can often help relieve symptoms, but lifestyle remedies, such as a healthful diet, can also boost a person’s well-being.
Hippocrates, father of modern medicine, said: “Let your food be your medicine, and your medicine be your food” (Prasad, 1998). Research from human trials and animal studies have shown that foods directly influence brain neurotransmitter systems which in turn has effects on mood and performance by altering the brain structure, chemistry, and physiology.