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Nutrition and Depression Part 3

October 8, 2014 by  
Filed under Articles of Interest, Blog

happy and depressed foods

In my previous post, I discussed how Omega 3 Fatty Acid and B Vitamins can help to fight depression.  Research has also shown that several minerals are involved in fighting depression as well.

Iron – Iron deficient anemia has been shown to be associated with increased fatigue, apathy, and depression.

Calcium – Anti-depression drugs can interfere with the uptake of calcium by bones.  This can lead to an increase in osteoporosis and an increase in falling, which can also affect depression.

Selenium – Low selenium levels have been shown to decrease mood, and this can be offset with increased selenium therapy.

Zinc – In the literature, studies have shown that in clinically depressed people, zinc levels are lower in the body.  This can also be offset by increased zinc therapy.

An excellent summary article that lists a great deal of research in this area can be accessed here.

The bottom line is that maintaining a proper diet and ensuring that you get the proper daily nutritional allowance, either through diet or supplementation, can help to offset the symptoms of depression…and that should make you happy!

To Your Health!

Dr. Harvey

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