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.