This video by Neil Nedley was very interesting. He listed the typical nutritional deficiencies that can contribute to depression. He also argued for a plant-based diet in the process. I'm not going to list those arguments but I encourage you to watch the video if you are interested. I'm just going to list some of the nutritional deficiencies that can cause depression for future reference for myself:
- Tryptophan, an amino acid. He also mentioned tyrosine another amino acid. You can find this in sesame seeds, almonds, walnuts, tofu, black eyed peas, and more. Meat has tryptophan too but you can carbs for it to absorb, so don't go on a high-meat, low-carb diet!
- omega-3. best source is seaweed or a supplement. Fish are too contaminated with mercury. Flaxseed and walnuts can be converted to omega-3 but not everyone's body does this conversion.
- folate, thiamine, very abundant in my veggie-based diet
- iron. good sources are avocado, green peas, mangos. Yea, I love all those things!
- B12. take a supplement!