Category Archives: Depression Food and Nutrients

Is a one-a-day vitamin helpful for depression?

I was at a meeting recently and happened to mention the link between nutrient deficiencies and depression, such as magnesium and Omega 3. My colleague asked if a one-a-day vitamin would be helpful for depression. My response in a nutshell was that probably wouldn’t hurt but it’s not the targeted treatment that people need. I…

Vitamin D in liver?

We are winding up the winter here in California and our vitamin D status may well be at the lowest point of the year. Until we can get out and get more sunshine, food and supplements are our best hope. Is liver a good option? Liver is packed with nutrition and it does have vitamin…

Does Zoloft (sertraline) cause vitamin/nutrient deficiencies?

Does Zoloft cause nutrient deficiencies? It’s a great question and is actually addressed in the Drug-Induced Nutrient Depletion Handbook. The basic idea is that your body has to metabolize any sort of medication and some of the medications that we take in an on-going fashion essentially have the opportunity to deplete us of certain nutrients…

Oyster nutrient content: A mineral-rich, depression-fighting food

Oyster is packed with nutrition. It is an exceptional source of zinc, iron, and vitamin B-12, all nutrients that fight depression. In fact, it is so high that I consider oyster to be a “depression buster food” as I describe in the book Rebuild from Depression. But what to do with oysters? Canned oysters I…

Chicken liver and rice casserole

Chicken liver is packed with nutrients [liver nutrients] but its strong flavor makes it a controversial choice in many households. This casserole, similar to “dirty rice,” masks the strong flavor well. Serve the casserole with barbecue chicken, grilled steak, or lamb shish kebob. Serve sliced heirloom tomatoes on the side. Ingredients 2 cups white rice…

Magnesium Taurate for Depression?

Magnesium taurate may well fight your depression. I wrote about a study of mice where one group was magnesium-deprived and then thrown into a tank of water (magnesium and depression). In studies of mice, researchers consider them “depressed” if they do not swim in a tank of water but simply paddle about only enough to…

How Much Magnesium Do I Need For Depression?

Low magnesium may be aggravating your depression. We know that if we deprive mice of magnesium, they begin to show signs of depression. If you are feeling a bit like a deprived mouse these days, you can do a trial run of magnesium to see if you get a boost. You are unlikely to take…

Bone broth’s mineral content

Bone broth is a great food. It adds flavor to grains, sauces, and soups. If you keep it on hand, you can have an instant meal by dropping a couple of eggs into a hot pot full of broth. I recommend bone broth highly in the book Rebuild from Depression. What is the exact mineral…

Can nutrients alleviate your postpartum depression?

Our brains need fats, vitamins, and minerals to be healthy. At no point in our lives is our need for nutrients greater than it is in pregnancy, when we are creating a whole new life. Pregnancy may leave you deficient in key nutrients that keep your brain healthy. As a result, you may end up…

Is lard a vitamin D superfood?

With this seasonal interest in vitamin D, we should all take an interest in adding more vitamin D to our diets in the winter. Is lard your vitamin D ticket? No. Lard has very small levels of vitamin D. Listen to the video below on lard and vitamin D. As I posted before, it is…

Eggs: Depression fighters and pathogen incubators

Last week the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) published “The Ten Riskiest Foods Regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.” All foods on the list are healthy foods, seven or eight of the ten are quite healthy if, of course, they don’t kill you. Eggs are #2 on the list primarily…