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10 Foods That Can Help Fight Anxiety and Depression

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The proper balance of nutrients might be all you need to fight back against those troublesome emotions

Bouts of loneliness, emptiness, grief, and sadness can be natural emotional responses, but if you’re feeling depressed or anxious for prolonged periods, it’s possible that you are nutrient-deficient.

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On many occasions doctors and psychiatrists fight back against cognitive disorders through prescriptions of antidepressant and antianxiety medication. Only a decade ago the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that antidepressants were the most frequently prescribed drug, with over 118 million prescriptions written in 2005, overtaking high blood pressure medications. These pills are designed to stabilize emotions by altering the paths of certain neurotransmitters like serotonin. But Dr. Ronald Elson, a practicing psychiatrist in Berkley, California, points out that increased television advertising, reluctance on the part of health insurance companies to pay for continued psychiatric treatment, and the desire for a “quick fix” has fueled the rapid rise in antidepressant prescriptions, and that these drugs may not be appropriate for all cases.

A review from the Indian Journal of Psychiatry shows that deficiencies in folate, magnesium, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin D, and vitamin B12 also play an important, yet largely underappreciated, role in symptoms of depression. A diet low in these nutrients may cause temporary mood swings or even long periods of intense sadness, but eating the right selection of foods can address these deficiencies, and hopefully alleviate the troubling symptoms without the use of medication.

Here’s the list of 10 foods that can help fight anxiety and depression.

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