Even if they are using some medication or undergoing therapy and counselling, sufferers from depression often look for additional ways to feel better. Some get outside more often or add an exercise routine to their day; others engage in activities that are emotionally fulfilling, like painting, woodworking, or cooking. Nutritious food is another way to give your body an all-natural mood lift. Discover six special “power foods” that are excellent for your health and can also improve your mood.

Leafy Green Vegetables

Dark, leafy greens contain iron, which enriches the blood, metabolises proteins, and increases energy levels. The greens are also an excellent source of magnesium, which can enhance mood by boosting serotonin levels in the body and brain.


This pink-fleshed fish is not only tasty, it’s also rich in health benefits. Oily fish like salmon are packed full of Omega-3 fatty acid, which improves cardiovascular health and has other positive effects. Another benefit of salmon is its vitamin B-12, which can boost levels of brain chemicals that lift your mood. Studies show that people who eat lots of salmon and similar fish have a more positive spirit and a lower risk for depression.


Too much chocolate isn’t good for you, of course, but in limited amounts, it has undeniable value as a mood enhancer. A cup of hot cocoa or some dark chocolate contributes helpful antioxidants and makes you feel happy. Just limit your intake to a couple of squares daily to avoid counteracting the good effects with an overabundance of sugar.


Blueberries are well-known as another superfood. They contain antioxidants called flavonoids, which apparently stimulate neural pathways in the brain. Antioxidants can slow cellular ageing, enhance cognitive function, and help you feel better overall, which gives you a more positive outlook on life.


Thanks to their high zinc content, oysters are a real treat for the body’s health as well as for the tastebuds. A lack of zinc has been associated with depression in some studies. To get additional zinc in your diet, consume foods such as cashews, crab, beans, beef, and chickpeas.


Probiotics aren’t technically a food, but they can be found in various foods. In your daily diet, try including fermented foods such as coconut kefir, kimchi, kombucha, natto, and yogurt. Probiotics are beneficial bacteria that take up residence in the human digestive system; and when they are present, they eliminate harmful bacteria and help you feel better and healthier. There is also evidence that some of the body’s serotonin production is related to the health of the intestinal tract.

Support for Mental Health in Singapore

Dietary changes, outdoor experiences, rewarding hobbies, and exercise are definitely part of the healing equation; but be sure that you are pursuing your mental health under the care of a trained professional psychiatrist in Singapore. If you do not currently have a Singapore psychiatrist, contact the trusted team at Adelphi Psych Medicine Clinic.

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Source: Straits Times, 11 April 2017