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Please suggest what foods help treat or prevent certain mental health issues, like depression and anxiety?

10 doctors weighed in across 4 answers

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Answered 12/9/2013


Dr. Pamela Pappas answered

Specializes in Psychiatry

I wish!: There's no food that on its own, reliably prevents or treats mental health issues. However, studies show that diets high in processed foods are correlated with depression. Protect yourself by eating a whole-foods, high veggie & fruit, healthy fats, and lean protein diet. Also avoid overuse of alcohol (known to worsen depression). Avoid stimulants like caffeine (can increase anxiety).

Answered 5/29/2016


Dr. Barbara Lavi answered

Specializes in Clinical Psychology

There are some foods: There are some foods to avoid. Junk food, sweet, may give a high and then a low. Alcohol is a depressant and can exacerbate depression, even though people think they feel better when they start to drink, it actually makes people more depressed. Herbal teas can help relax people.

Answered 5/2/2016



Foods and depression: What we put in our bodies can affect our moods. It has been my experience that in general a balanced diet is most helpful. There are foods to avoid. Caffeine, excessive sugar and chocolate can increase anxiety symptoms- so avoid them. Alchohol can increase depressive symptoms, as it bus a central nervous system depressant. Eat a healthy diet and exercise.

Answered 6/19/2014



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