People who eat two to three weekly servings of omega-3 DHA rich foods (like mackerel, sardines, herring, salmon) have among the lowest rates of depression in the world, Somer says. Fish also contains folate, linked with decreased symptoms of depression in men, and B12, linked with decreased depression in women. Finally, salmon is also a good source of Vitamin D, which can help combat seasonal affective disorder (S.A.D.). Can’t eat wild salmon frequently? “There is a lot of research on individual nutritional supplements enhancing mood—specifically, omega-3 fish oils, B vitamins, and several other supplements,” says Jack Challem, author of The Food-Mood Solution: All-Natural Ways to Banish Anxiety, Depression, Anger, Stress, Overeating, and Alcohol and Drug Problems — and Feel Good Again.
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