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Are you consistently feeling sad and down? Have you lost pleasure in daily activities? If yes, you are suffering from depression. It is a mental condition that can potentially hamper your daily life. It is characterized by symptoms like depressed mood, insomnia, restlessness, fatigue, difficulty in concentration thoughts about attempting suicide etc. According to WHO, depression is one of the leading causes of disease burden globally. There is plethora of factors that can cause depression. Some of them includes life events like financial problems, divorce etc., childhood trauma, a past head injury, chronic conditions like multiple sclerosis, diabetes, obstructive pulmonary disease etc. As far as the diagnosis of multiple sclerosis is concerned, you doctor will conduct a physical examination and will also ask a series of questions regarding your life. Luckily, depression is a treatable condition. After consultation, your doctor will recommend you psychotherapy, some antidepressants, or joining any support group. Apart from this, there are also some vitamins and minerals that can help you treat this condition. Read on to know about them.
Vitamin B6: According to a study published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology, people with depression are found to have low levels of vitamin B6 which is known to help in the conversion of 5-HTP or tryptophan into serotonin, a chemical known to boost your mood. Some of the food sources of this vitamin include fish, soya beans, bread, chicken etc.
Vitamin B9: Also known as folic acid, deficiency of this vitamin can cause low serotonin levels in the blood. Some of its food sources include eggs, citrus fruits, broccoli etc.
Vitamin C: Low levels of vitamin D is a known factor of depression. Make sure you get this vitamin in required quantity. Some of its food sources include oranges, berries, sprouts etc.
Vitamin D: This vitamin is known to boost your mood. And, its low level is thought to be responsible for depression. Some of the food sources of this condition includes fatty fishes like salmon and tuna, cheese, egg yolk etc.
Magnesium: This mineral helps in metabolic functions, regulations and balancing serotonin levels in the body. Some of its food sources include spinach, avocado, whole wheat etc.