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Aug 27, 2012 - 3 comments

(NaturalNews) Finding a suitable treatment for depression is often not simple. Many people find the labels and terms used by psychologists and psychiatrists confusing, to say the least, and often not particularly helpful in finding the root cause of their depression. Eating the correct foods may help to counter depression in certain cases.

Depression often, but not always, is linked to low blood pressure, low blood sugar, low thyroid functions and/or low adrenal gland function. Depressed patients who crave foods such as cheese, chocolate may be lacking enough of the amino acid tyrosine in the system. Tyrosine is said to normalize blood pressure, stimulate the thyroid and contribute to blood-sugar stabilization via adrenal support.

Foods containing tyrosine include alfalfa, almonds, apple, asparagus, avocado, banana, beet, carrot, cheese, cherries, chicken, chocolate, cottage cheese, cucumber, egg, fig, fish, leek, lettuce, milk, parsley, peanuts, poultry, spinach, strawberries, watercress, watermelon, yogurt.

Another amino acid, tryptophan, is important in reducing depression. Tryptophan is the precursor to serotonin, which is a necessary neurotransmitter that can lift some types of depression. Food sources that contain tryptophan include fish, poultry, organic beef, eggs, broccoli, endive, fennel, sweet potato, carrot, barley, rye, oats, rice, hummus, lentils, hazelnuts, peanuts, sesame seeds and sunflower seeds.

Improving adrenal functions

Some of the signs of adrenal insufficiency include an inability to concentrate, excessive fatigue, nervousness and irritability, depression and/or intolerance to stress.

Worn-out adrenal glands are sometimes helped by oral supplements of Vitamin B5. Vitamin C plays an important role in maintaining the adrenal's integrity.

Foods high in Vitamin B5 include bean sprouts, beef, egg, haddock, salmon, sardines, mackerel, lobster, mushrooms, peanuts, pineapple and watermelon.

Foods high in Vitamin C include alfalfa, banana, berries, Brazil nuts, cabbage, cauliflower, citrus fruits, spinach, sweet potato and leafy vegetables.

Herbs such as safflower, parsley, kelp and sage are also said to help adrenal functions. A daily intake of garlic and sesame seeds can also be beneficial.

Anyone suffering from severe depression should not try to self-medicate, and should see a qualified medical practitioner for advice pertaining to his or her specific condition.


Foods for Moods, Dr. William Vayda, published by Geddes & Grosset, 2007 edition, pages 37 - 51

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by Nighthawk61, Aug 27, 2012
This is so helpful Margypops, I hope that Rose reads this. I started a diet just over 2 months ago, when I found that I was diabetic, and got a blood glucose monitor. I have a really bad back that has seriously curtailed any exercise, but have managed to lose 30 llbs in the last 2+ months just by diet, and reversing my diabetes without medication. It proves that nutrition can reverse disease. I've decided to bite the bullet so to speak and add exercise regardless of pain issues and I look forward to the results of my labor. I have so many clothes that I can wear in another 15 - 20 llbs. and am really excited at the prospect of losing a few more pounds per month. Thank you for posting these nutritional guidelines for persons with depression. I really appreciate the time that you take to research for our benefit.  I've been reading and following Dr. Joel Fuhrman Fasting and Eating to Live. I haven't done too much fasting but it apparently helps with fatty liver, which I have. I'll keep you informed of my weight loss.

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by margypops, Aug 27, 2012
I do find Natural News gives us credible info and anything that is from the foods we eat has to be better,I am concerned about the pesticides etc on the foods and GMO's  and try to eat organic when I can get it ..I too have some pounds to lose ...dont know how they got there lol.

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by Nighthawk61, Aug 27, 2012
Well proper nutrition is certainly the way to go, i've proven that disease can be reversed with nutrition without meds. Good luck on your few llbs girl. I'm starting to see a difference. I weigh 192 now, so I've got a few months to go. An exercise program should help. I splurged and found myself a Beach Cruizer bike. and I'm saving to buy one for my husband for christmas, Can't wait to go riding next year. I'm also a smoker and am cutting back. We plan on quitting in the new year. The scare I had in the hospital was well worth it and has given me alot to think about. I just couldn't bear leaving my beautiful baby boy any earlier than need be (he's 24 now but will always be my baby).  Simply walking adds 6 years to your life. It is worth the effort to become physically fit. I'm already living on borrowed time, after all the drug abuse and Hep C that I have.  Better late ,than never. Medhelp helps a lot., seeing  so many changing their lives is very inspirational. Not feeling so alone in our hopes and dreams helps so much as well.  Good journal entries help so much~ Thanks for the posts.

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