Depression is a killer.
Oh, it won’t stop your heart. But it sure can suck the LIFE out of your LIFE.
Depression can steal your will to live. And destroy your interest in everything.
It can even make you think your loved ones would be better off without you. (For the record, they wouldn’t be!)
Depression is also complicated. So it can sometimes require a few different solutions to get you back to feeling like your old self again.
And now researchers have just revealed a new one. And it’s causing quite a stir.
Because it turns out a common food may help you slash some of the worst symptoms of depression by 26 percent.
And to make it even stranger, it’s one which many folks avoid. But for all the wrong reasons.
This “forbidden food” is a mood miracle
If you’ve been shunning nuts because of fat or calorie count, it’s time to stop. Because they’re little nuggets of concentrated nutrition.
Nuts are rich in heart-healthy GOOD fats. They’re brimming with disease-fighting antioxidants. And they’re good for your bone and brain health too.
But researchers say those aren’t the only reasons you should start adding some of these once “forbidden foods” to your regular routine.
Because it turns out one nut, in particular, could also help you battle depression and boost your enthusiasm for life.
Even better, this mood miracle is easy to find in any supermarket or convenience store. And since a little of this depression dodging nut goes a long way, it’s also very affordable.
I’m talking about the humble walnut, of course. And this delicious nut tastes terrific in all kinds of dishes including salads, stir-fries, meatloaf, veggies, burgers, oatmeal, and desserts.
Walnuts are packed with brain-friendly fat
Still concerned about the fat factor? Well, I have good news. While it’s true nuts ARE high in fat, it’s friendly fat. And the kind your brain craves.
The fat in walnuts is almost entirely polyunsaturated. And that includes more omega-3 alpha-linolenic acid than any other nut.
As for counting calories, that’s a concept that’s way out of date. Eating reasonable portions of healthy, whole foods, such as walnuts, is far more important than how many calories you consume.
And when it comes to nuts, experts say a reasonable portion is around one-quarter cup per day.
Which should give you all those benefits I mentioned before, including chasing away symptoms of depression.
Walnuts linked to lower depression scores
For the study, UCLA researchers took a deeper dive into national health and nutrition data from 2005-2014. They divided more than 26,600 people into four different categories.
People who ate…
- only walnuts
- walnuts and other nuts
- other nuts but no walnuts
- no nuts at all
And there it was, as plain as day. A CLEAR and undeniable pattern.
Total depression scores were 26 percent better among folks who ate walnuts than the people who avoided them. And the quality of life scores were so strikingly different they were like night and day.
People who ate walnuts expressed a greater interest in doing things, less hopelessness, and more energy.
While folks who didn’t eat nuts had more trouble concentrating, reporting feeling more disconnected, and even felt as if they’d be better off dead.
In other words, eating walnuts was associated with lower levels of some of the WORST symptoms of depression.
Grocery store solutions for a better mood
But why stop with walnuts? Try these other grocery store solutions to the blues too.
Turkey: The tryptophan in turkey helps your body produce serotonin, the “feel good hormone.”
Green tea: Green tea is rich in the amino acid theanine, which can help reduce stress and produce a “relaxed alertness” that helps with focus and concentration.
B vitamins: The B family of vitamins… especially folate and B-12… could help reduce your depression symptoms. A study out of Spain found that being low in either folate or B-12 (or both) increased depression symptoms. And experts say as many as one-third of folks with depression are low in folate too.
It’s time to take nuts off the “forbidden” list. With a bunch of health benefits, and the ability to boost your mood, make walnuts a part of your regular routine.