Avoiding alcohol and eating a healthy diet can help improve depression recovery success rates.

Nutrition and Depression

If you suffer from depression, one of the most important things you can do to help yourself is to avoid alcohol. There is no question that alcohol exacerbates depression; it is, after all, a chemical depressant.

As for general nutrition, some individuals with mild depression or dysthymia report that they feel better when they eat more foods containing omega-3 fatty acids (such as salmon and other fatty fish) or complex carbohydrates (such as beans and whole grains). However, the interplay between food and mood is not well understood.

Malnutrition, particularly folic acid and vitamin B12 deficiencies, has been associated with depression in older people. Eating a well-balanced diet will help provide the full range of nutrients your body needs to stay healthy in general.

Publication Review By: Karen L. Swartz, M.D.

Published: 19 Jun 2013

Last Modified: 19 Jun 2013