Foods that help

Oily Fish

Oily fish (salmon, mackerel, anchovies, sardines & trout) are rich in omega 3 and specific fatty acids, known as EPA & DHA, which play a part in physiological & structural functions of the brain.

Eggs

Eggs contain choline, a nutrient that is needed by the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, which is responsible for regulating mood and reducing stress.

Nuts

Nuts contain good fats that may help provide a lower blood pressure response to stress, and may help in decreasing anger and anxiety.

Blueberries

Blueberries are rich in flavonoids and have been shown to have measurable effects on positive mood within 2 hours of eating them.

Kale

Kale actually packs a punch in terms of protein for a vegetable, which supports blood sugar balancing (and therefore mood balancing) but it also contains plant-based omega 3 (alpha linolenic acid or ALA) which can help reduce depression.

Turkey

Turkey, isn’t just for Christmas! It contains an amino acid called tryptophan which in turn contributes to serotonin. Studies have shown that eating tryptophan on an empty stomach can actually replenish and restore serotonin in the brain.

Olive Oil

Extra virgin olive oil (‘liquid gold’) has a positive impact on mental health and when consumed as part of the Mediterranean diet, significantly reduces the risk of depression by about 30%.

Black Coffee

Black coffee (ideally organic) can help increase dopamine in the brain, and help keep anxiety and depression at bay. No more than a few cups a day as this may exacerbate anxiety and depression, and don’t drink it after 2pm so as not to affect sleep.