Nutrition

Eat Those Winter Blues Away

imageWith the start of December comes shorter days, darker skies, and colder air — all of which can lead to seasonal depression. But don’t fear, a new study has shown how to fight off depression (seasonal included)!

According to a new study in Finland, foods containing the vitamins B12 and folate can fight off those sad feelings. Folate can be found in items such as spinach, avocado, and fortified cereals, just to name a few. As for B12, large amounts are known to be in fish as well as some dairy products, such as low fat milk.

The study, which interviewed 2,840 Finnish adults, recorded their food intake over a 12-month period and then gave each a standard 21-question survey on depression. The researchers found that those who included high amounts of folate and B12 in their diet were less likely to report irritability, sadness, changes in their appetite and sleep, triggered by chemical imbalances in the brain.

Why?

Both B12 and folate help to produce a large amount of serotonin, a chemical in the brain that triggers happiness. Also, this vitamin and mineral duo help prevent anemia, a lack of iron in the blood causing weakness, fatigue, and proneness to bruising.

If you are feeling any of these symptoms, be sure to increase your folate and B12 intake. If you aren’t a fan of the foods listed above, seek out supplements of these important vitamins.

By Aisling Williams

Photo Source: bbcgoodfood.com

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