by Elizabeth Renter
May 13th, 2014
An estimated one in 10 Americans suffers from depression, and many of these people take prescription drugs to manage the disease they’ve been told is caused by a chemical imbalance. The truth is, doctors don’t know what causes the symptoms of depression, but they’ve grown accustomed to throwing Big Pharma solutions at it and hoping for the best. There are several problems with this, including the myriad of side effects associated with these drugs. Fortunately, there are several foods and herbs that can provide relief from depression without the costs—both financial and otherwise—of prescription drugs.
The spice of curries, turmeric is associated with a wealth of health benefits including the treatment of depression. One study in the journal Phytotherapy Research found not only that turmeric is effective in treating depression, but it was even more effective than Prozac. Other benefits include reduced risk of heart disease, reduced inflammation, and aiding in the regulation of diabetes.
Native to South America, cacao has been nicknamed the “Food of the Gods” and is known for its mood-boosting properties. It is able to trigger the production of dopamine and serotonin in the brain—important chemicals in mood regulation. In addition to boosting mood, cacao can also increase cognitive function or reduce the symptom known as “brain fog”.