Herbal Antidepressants: How nutrition counts

  Herbal Antidepressants: How nutrition counts

Nutrition for Depression

Whilst nutritionally dense superfoods won't cure depression, ensuring our bodies have good levels of all the nutrients we need can go a long way in keeping the blues at bay. For example, magnesium deficiency is directly linked to serotonin deficiency which can lead to low energy and mood. B Vitamins are extremely important to the healthy functioning of the brain, as are wholefoods that are rich in Omega 3 essential fatty acids. 

Below is a list of superfoods that are richly furnished with the dense nutrition necessary to ensure the healthy functioning of the brain. 

Read our blog article on Herbal Anti-depressants here.


Barley Grass

(Hordeum vulgare L)
Barleygrass Benefits

The fresh young shoots of Barleygrass are extremely rich in many compounds that help to ensure optimum function of the brain and central nervous system. Regular consumption of this nutrient dense superfood ensures a plentiful supply of B complex vitamins alongside many important minerals. Just one serving provides 52% of the RDA for folate, also known as vitamin B9, folate is works to keep mood steady and is needed for the synthesis of serotonin. This is an important neurotransmitter that directly contributes to mood in a positive way. 

High in Vitamin B6, Bareygrass is one of the best sources of this important nutrient that helps with the production of the neurotransmitter GABA. Neurons in the brain need GABA to induce calmness when over-excitement occurs. GABA also works to produce endorphins which fight depression and anxiety. Of the many other minerals contained in Barleygrass, magnesium is perhaps the most important if you are feeling tense and anxious. Also known as "nature's chill pill", magnesium is crucial in the production of energy and neurotransmitters and many studies have shown an association between depression, anxiety and tension as a result of deficiency in magnesium. 

Good for... Nutrition, Candida

Bee Pollen

Bee Pollen Benefits

Rich in protein, B vitamins, enzymes and free amino acids, Bee Pollen is an excellent food for the brain and body - often referred to as one of nature's most nutritionally complete foods. The B vitamins contained in this delicious superfood are particularly good at helping the brain deal with stress, also known as "moral vitamins", they are essential for a healthy nervous system. When the central nervous system is working optimally, anxiety and stress can be greatly lessened. 

Bee Pollen also contains the flavonoid "chrysin", a compound that has been studied for its anti-anxiety effects. Studies have been conducted with favourable results, findings indicate that chrysin has the ability to lift the mood. 

Good for... Nutrition, Energy


(Chlorella vulgaris)
Chlorella Benefits

For the brain and body to produce the hormones and neurotransmitters required to keep you feeling calm and motivated, it must be provided with the necessary nutrients such as protein, vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids and antioxidants to accomplish this task. Chlorella is abundant in all of these compounds and has shown great value in the ability to keep the brain functioning smoothly, helping this important organ to literally keep "firing on all cylinders". 

A diet rich in nutrient dense wholefoods will go a long way to protect mental health, with processed foods containing many toxic chemicals that are known to cause brain fog, anxiety and irritability. Many of the toxins we are exposed to on a daily basis are potent neurotoxins and endocrine system disruptors - Chlorella is a potent superfood that can help to reverse many of the damaging effects of everyday living. It is extremely rich in chlorophyll, a powerful detoxifier, and contains omega 3 fatty acids which increases the funtionality of the neurotransmitter, serotonin. Depression and anxiety are both characterised (in part) by low brain levels of serotonin.

Chlorella is phenomenally rich in many of the nutrients and powerful antioxidants required for optimal brain health. 

Good for... Nutrition, Candida


(Cannabis Sativa)
Hemp Benefits

Hemp seeds contain many of the essential fatty acids that are also found in the brain. They also have the perfect balance of omega 3 to omega 6 fatty acids, fats which play a critical role in the healthy of the brain and central nervous system. There is growing evidence to suggest that deficiency of these important fatty acids can contribute to various mood disorders. Research shows that when the brain is deprived of omega 3, levels of the neurotransmitters dopamine and serotonin are reduced - both essential to the regulation of mood. 

Hemp seeds are also rich in many other brain boosting nutrients such as the stress busting vitamin E and "nature's chill pill", magnesium. 

Additionally, Hemp Leaf Tea is packed with healthy phytonutrients and induces a relaxed and calm state of mind - similar to the effects of Chamomile.

Good for... Nutrition


(Morinda citrifolia)
Noni Benefits

Neurons in the brain need GABA to induce calmness when over-excitement occurs. GABA also works to produce endorphins which fight depression and anxiety. Research shows that Noni acts as a natural sedative and anti-anxiety superfruit that supports GABA production and activity in the brain. A recent study found that Noni supports GABA mechanisms in the nervous system, naturally allowing it to calm down and thereby reducing anxiety.

Good for... Anxiety, Nutrition, Sleep


(Juglans Regia)
Walnut Benefits

Bearing a striking resemblance to tiny brains, Walnuts are packed with brain boosting nutrients and are recognised as one of the ultimate brain foods. They contain a number of neuroprotective compounds, with the highest amounts of omega 3 in any nut – this fatty acid is critical to the health and smooth functioning of this most important organ.

The omega 3 fatty acids found in Walnuts help to form the soft fluid outer lining of brain cells that give them the ability to communicate. This is crucial for allowing the movement of feel good neurotransmitters such as serotonin and dopamine. A deficiency in the right fats impairs the function of important neurotransmitters and can lead to feelings of stress, anxiety, mood swings and fatigue. 

Walnuts are literally loaded with brain enhancing nutrients such as the “morale vitamin” B1 and the “mood vitamin” B6. Other neuroprotective nutrients are; gallic acid, vitamin E isomers, melatonin, folate and polyphenols.

Good for... Nutrition