MOOD BOOSTER

Health & Fitness - - Recipe Revamp -

De­pres­sion is a hor­ri­ble af­flic­tion but I be­lieve it can be helped with the right nu­tri­tion. How­ever, many peo­ple lose in­ter­est in cook­ing de­cent food for them­selves when they’re feel­ing low. That’s where sup­ple­ments can be use­ful and why I was in­ter­ested in a new study from the Univer­sity of Ver­mont that shows a mag­ne­sium sup­ple­ment taken by de­pressed peo­ple on top of their ex­ist­ing treat­ment was linked with an im­prove­ment in their symp­toms.

Un­for­tu­nately, the study wasn’t blinded (peo­ple knew what they were tak­ing) so the im­prove­ments could have been down to a placebo ef­fect. But de­pres­sion symp­toms im­proved by an av­er­age six points on a scale of 0 to 27 af­ter the peo­ple took mag­ne­sium for six weeks.

We know mag­ne­sium plays a role in many of the bi­o­log­i­cal pro­cesses in­volved in mood reg­u­la­tion, so tak­ing a sup­ple­ment could be use­ful – but do eat whole­grains, Brazil nuts and greens too.

Try eat­ing Brazil nuts if you’re prone to feel­ing down.

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