By Claire Georgiou, Reboot Naturopath, B.HSc ND
If you’ve been feeling down lately or suffer from depression, the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that a diet with high intakes of fruits and vegetables was associated with fewer depressive symptoms. The study contributed these results to a cumulative effort of the antioxidants in fruits and vegetables. Many studies indicate that more than 7 servings per day is the magic number that supports a happy mood. Here’s what I added to this juice to boost your mood and make you smile.
Dark Leafy Greens: Folate found in leafy greens helps minimize homocysteine levels which are correlated to depression and poor mood. Eating plentiful folate-rich foods may have an antidepressant effect.
Citrus: Flavonoids found in citrus fruits have a mild anti-depressant activity.
Beets: Beets and their leaves contain tyrosine and B vitamins to support dopamine and serotonin production.
Turmeric: In a randomized, double blind, placebo-controlled study with a major depressive disorder, turmeric was found to be effective at improving several mood-related symptoms.
Serving Size: 16 - 18 oz (500 ml)