Among other benefits, good food can:
- Boost your energy
- Lower the risk of developing certain diseases
- Counteract the impact of stress on your body
- Affect mood-related body chemicals
Researchers have found a link between nutritional deficiencies and mental disorders.
The most common nutritional deficiencies seen in patients with depression include vitamin B-12, folate, and omega-3 fatty acids. Good sources of B-12 are fish like salmon and trout and fortifies breakfast cereals. Folate is found in dark leafy vegetables, almonds, dairy and fortified whole-grain breakfast cereals. The best sources of omega-3 fatty acids are fatty fish like salmon, catfish and trout. Other sources include ground flaxseeds, walnuts, and omega-3 fortified eggs.