How to beat depression and improve brain function

How to beat depression and improve brain function
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(NaturalHealth365) Did you know food can help you beat depression and improve your brain function? In fact, some foods do this better than any medication. The key is to eat foods that are high in polyphenols. These compounds are found in plant foods and they reduce oxidative stress while improving ‘synaptic plasticity’ – which makes you mentally sharper and promotes a good mood.

In order to understand the importance of learning how to beat depression and improve your thought processes – you need to know that chronic negative emotional states and poor brain function can lead to more serious neurodegenerative diseases. But, the good news, a 2012 study published in the journal Nutritional Neuroscience showed the powerful effectiveness of polyphenols in combating psychiatric disorders and improving cognitive performance.

In other words, you can clear your mind and feel better – in so many ways – from physical to emotional just by eating the correct foods.

Never forget: Food is the key to healthy brain function

Rather than take dangerous drugs with many side effects, many of which are not even proven to work, why not take charge of your own health by eating the right foods.  Remember, healthy foods do more than just give you a healthy body. According to a new study in the British Journal of Health Psychology, diets that are high in plants, including fruits and vegetables, can improve brain function and mood in a significant and noticeable way. These foods promote such things as:

Real case studies prove the brain benefits of healthy plant foods

The many brain benefits of plant foods have already been proven in numerous case studies and through plentiful anecdotal evidence. For example, people who have been interested in how to treat depression because they suffer from it themselves have found a diet rich in the correct foods to be enormously helpful.

According to the Washington Post, many have found that when they eliminate known mood-affecting foods such as gluten and artificial ingredients, they experiences a significant increase in happiness as well as clarity of thought, sometimes for the first time in decades.

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Understanding the food – mind/body connection

Scientists have been looking for a provable connection between food and the mind for a long time (as food’s effect on the body has long been known). Recent studies seem to suggest they’ve found it. Michael Berk, a professor of Psychiatry at Deakin University in Australia reported that the results of recent studies regarding food’s connection to mental health have been consistent and show a definite link.

If you want to know how to beat depression and have better clarity of mind, eat a diet rich in polyphenols and experience the results for yourself. The more of this substance a food has, the more it will improve your mental health.

Some of the best examples of foods rich in polyphenols would include: dark colored fruits (like blueberries and blackberries), herbal teas, dark chocolate, flax seeds and hazelnuts.  Add these delicious foods to your diet and enjoy the benefits.


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5 years ago

This article is ridiculous. If one has to ingest 100 grams each day to get mental health benefits, pray tell just how can one logistically and financially do that??!!

Jodie H
Jodie H
Reply to  jeannonkralj
5 years ago

If everyone with this condition just cut out sugar and added more plant food there would be significant improvement.

Wendy Allen
Wendy Allen
5 years ago

HI, I agree…blueberries/blackberries/raspberries help the brain and raw walnuts (open shells to avoid hidden gluten and freeze). Chocolate also has Mg which may lower blood sugar and help lower swelling in the brain. Green tea may help and more tea. Flax may not convert to what is in fish oil for 80% of the people. I don’t know pets are ok with Flax also compared to fish oil. 2000mg of fish oil daily and 5000IU of Vit D3, Vit B12 methylcobalamin shot/spray/under the tongue kind and more help me.

No gluten may help more nutrients absorb in intestines..then cells are made right to work right and burn oxygen. Low oxygen in the brain may cause depression/anxiety/obsessing/no sleep/panic/suicidal thoughts. Anything that raises oxygen may help the brain/body.

No gluten/dairy/soy/sugar/GMO and vitamins/good oils, LDN and detoxing help me. Vit D3 5000IU, zinc 50mg if detoxing, fish oil 2000mg, 20000mg of evening primrose oil. 2000 mg of lecithin, Phosphatidylserine/DMAE or krill oil, Coenzyme Q10, Rhodiola, Mg citrate 400mg, Vit C sustained release, Vit A 10,000IU, 5000mcg of biotin, Nature’s Plus- Source of life multiple, HCl and enzymes with meals, dairy free probiotic, Vit B12 methylcobalamin shot/spray/under the tongue kind/intrinsic factor kind, MTHF folate, coenyzme Q10, rhodiola, may help brain/body/thyroid/ and more health issues. Gluten is wheat/barley/rye..oats may act like gluten with avenin. GMO corn/soy/canola oil may hurt. Amour thyroid maybe needed since gluten may made antibodies to the thyroid.

Sunlight (helps the immune system and helps to heal the gut lining),exercise, organic food, good water..not tap water, cooking by scratch pure food….. no food in a box/bag/premade/label/restaurant which may help avoid hidden gluten. Certified gluten free food may have 20ppm of gluten…too much. Nuts not sold in the shell/meat basting/some spices may have hidden gluten and lotion/make up etc. One restaurant cooks special for me…rice/veg/tea/extra mushrooms (no meat since the woks may have MSG/gluten in them).

EDTA/DMPS IV chelations from an Alternative doctor, 600mg of cilantro, zeolites, organic sulfur, Now brand- Detox support, Far Infrared Sauna and more may help detox. Hair tests show good minerals and heavy metals. Heavy metals can block thyroid and other chemical reactions in the body/brain.

LDN may help block hidden gluten/heal the gut lining and help the immune system, but the Celiac diet is still needed. 100% no hidden or microscopic gluten may help. Cutting back on gluten or cheating by eating gluten hurts the immune system. It may take 1 1/2 months to heal the gut lining after getting hidden gluten.

Amour thyroid has some T3 and Calcitonin. Synthroid is only T4..may not convert to T3. Zn/Se/enough iron/strong probiotic may help convert T4 to T3 for thyroid.

Prayer may also help. Think positive. God is real. Best wishes.

Doris Tyler
Doris Tyler
5 years ago

I have to say for me it was a high sugar diet that caused mood problems. The sugar replaced healthy foods, and also depleted vitamin and mineral stores. It took a long time for me to understand the connection between a high sugar diet and the problems I experienced.