Nutrition, Depression & Mental Health Crisis: When Will Experts Wake UP?!

Fruits and vegetables: These are packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that are essential for overall health, including brain health. Aim for a rainbow of colors on your plate to get a good variety of nutrients.Opens in a new
Rainbow colored fruits and vegetables

Fatty fish: Salmon, tuna, and mackerel are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which have been shown to have anti-inflammatory effects and may help improve mood.Opens in a new
Salmon fish
Whole grains: Whole grains are a good source of complex carbohydrates, which provide sustained energy and help regulate blood sugar levels. This can help improve mood and cognitive function.Opens in a new
Whole grain bread
Legumes: Beans, lentils, and chickpeas are a good source of plant-based protein, fiber, and folate. Folate is important for brain function and may help reduce symptoms of depression.Opens in a new
Nuts and seeds: Nuts and seeds are a good source of healthy fats, protein, fiber, and vitamins and minerals. They can help improve mood and cognitive function.Opens in a new
Nuts and seeds
Yogurt: Yogurt is a good source of probiotics, which are live bacteria that have been shown to improve gut health. Gut health is increasingly being linked to mental health, so eating yogurt may help improve mood.Opens in a new
It is important to note that diet is just one piece of the puzzle for improving mental health. If you are struggling with depression, it is important to seek professional help. Here are some resources that can help:
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Helpline: 1-800-662-HELP (4357)
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI):