How to help depression symptoms with food like Miranda Kerr

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Miranda Kerr's secret to avoiding depression is the Maca plant extract that she adds to her smoothies every morning. So here's a look at a few other foods that can help relieve those blues too.

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Depression can affect any of us and research shows that more women are likely to suffer than men.

With the news Miranda Kerr's been taking Maca plant extract in her smoothies every morning, we've taken a look at 5 best foods rich in anti depressant properties to incorporate in your diet now.

Maca Plant's anti depressant properties


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Miranda Kerr's secret is mixing Maca powder in her smoothies each morning. Wouldn't we all want to be as jolly as this entrepreneurial model? The answer is yes. Yes we would.

In a recent study conducted at Huazhong University of Science and Technology, when taking Maca, the levels of the stress hormone cortisol fall while levels of the happy hormone dopamine increased.

Better get out your smoothie maker then.

Lemon Balm's calming effect


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Lemon Balm's natural properties include relieving brain fatigue and helping to lift your spirits from mild depression.

Add the natural leaf or extract to your favourite tipple, in a tea, or as a cold infusion to feel more upbeat instantly.

Omega 3 oily fish


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We've heard a lot about oily fish in recent years but it's safe to say, the omega 3 oils are up there when it comes to helping with mood and brain function.

According to research, countries where fish is consumed on a near daily basis, such as Japan, Taiwan, and Finland, have lower rates of depression.

And women who don't eat fish are thought to be more prone to bouts of depression.

Get munching on foods rich in omega 3 oils like pumpkins, pumpkin seed oil, wild caught, cold water fish such as salmon, sardines, tuna and halibut, flaxseed oil, and nuts, especially walnuts.

Spinach rich in B vitamins and folate


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Harvard researchers found that between 15 and 38 percent of people with depression are B vitamin deficient.

Women who take the pill or other hormone replacement drugs can be even more susceptible to B6 deficiencies, so boosting your diet with food rich in B vitamins and folate can only be beneficial.

Start grazing on dark, leafy green vegetables, cereals, and whole grains, stat.

Tryptophan in turkey


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Ever wondered why you feel totally relaxed and sleepy after eating your Christmas dins with all the trimmings?

Yes, you could just have indigestion but more than likely, it's due to the effects of the turkey you've just gorged on.

Turkey's rich in the amino acid, L-Tryptophan, which is crucial to producing serotonin.

Peanuts, fish, milk, dates, and even chocolate are also rich in this amino acid, which British researchers have found can boost your mood.

So get gobbling...

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