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Anti-Inflammatory Diet for Depression

If depression can be induced with pro-inflammatory drugs, might an anti-inflammatory diet be effective in preventing and treating mood disorders?

Exercise vs. Drugs for Depression

Aerobic exercise interventions found comparable to antidepressant medication in the treatment of patients with major depressive disorder.

Antioxidants & Depression

Neither antioxidant or folic acid supplements seem to help with mood, but the consumption of antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables and folate-rich beans and greens may lower the risk for depression.

Fish Consumption & Suicide

The mercury content in fish may help explain links found between fish intake and mental disorders, depression, and suicide.

Plant-Based Diets for Improved Mood & Productivity

The most comprehensive controlled trial of diet and mood finds that a plant-based nutrition program in a workplace setting across ten corporate sites significantly improves depression, anxiety, and productivity.

Aspartame & the Brain

The reason artificially sweetened beverages have been associated with depression may be because of psychological disturbances recently tied to aspartame (“Equal” or “NutraSweet”).

Best Food for Antidepressant-induced Sexual Dysfunction

The spice saffron may not only work as well as SSRI antidepressant drugs like Prozac, Paxil, and Zoloft without the side effects; they may be able to even treat the adverse sexual side effects that occur in up to 70% of people taking them.

Fighting the Blues with Greens?

Natural monoamine oxidase enzyme inhibitors in fruits and vegetables may help explain the improvement in mood associated with switching to a plant-based diet.

Saffron vs. Prozac

A head-to-head test of the spice saffron versus Prozac for the treatment of clinical depression.

Human Neurotransmitters in Plants

The consumption of certain fruits is suggested as a potential treatment for depression, given the presence of psychoactive neurotransmitters such as serotonin, dopamine, and melatonin in many plant foods.

Uprooting the Leading Causes of Death

Death in America is largely a foodborne illness. Focusing on studies published just over the last year in peer-reviewed scientific medical journals, Dr. Greger offers practical advice on how best to feed ourselves and our families to prevent, treat, and even reverse many of the top 15 killers in the United States.

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