Depression is an often misunderstood condition. All too easily, it is either dismissed by people altogether as nothing serious or simply treated with a cocktail of anti-depressants.
But rather than reaching straight for the Prozac we should also be looking at alternatives such as good quality psychiatric treatment. But there is also more we can do with our diet to help combat depression and to make sure our body is getting all the right nutrients it needs to stay on top of the condition.
Here is our list of the top nine nutrients that can help fight depression.
We probably all know by now that a deficiency of iron can lead to anemia – a shortage of red blood cells and hence not enough oxygen being transported in the blood. This is far more common in women than men and can lead to symptoms like low energy levels and cognitive impairment.
To combat these mental health related symptoms, look at increasing the iron in your diet through supplements or ideally by increasing the amount of liver, fish and chicken you eat. Vegetarians are more susceptible to low iron levels but can get a good supply from foods like tofu, chard and lentils.