Avocado: a Superfood for Weight Loss and Heart Health

By Beck Robertson / Nutrition / November 7th, 2022

Avocados can fight depression

avocados can help fight depression

Depression is becoming increasingly common – and in the West, our diet doesn’t help, as it’s high in processed food, red meat, refined carbs and high-sugar foods. Experts often recommend the Mediterranean diet to people struggling with depression, as it contains plenty of nourishing foods that help balance brain chemicals, promote sleep, and produce feel hormones like dopamine. Many of the foods eaten as part of the Mediterranean diet, such as the avocado, contain a plentiful dose of healthy fats, as well as other beneficial nutrients and vitamins that help combat a low mood.

Researchers have discovered that people who have low levels of potassium and high salt levels have a higher risk of experiencing depressive symptoms – avocados can help to combat this, as they contain more potassium per weight than bananas at 485 mcg per 100 grams!

Another depression-fighting ingredient that avocados are rich in is folate and studies have found this nutrient helps to block the buildup of homocysteine, which decreases circulation and nutrient delivery to the brain. As high levels of homocysteine impair sleep, mood and appetite, boosting your folate levels by including avocado in your diet could be one easy way of easing depression.

The benefits of avocados don’t stop there, as the fruit also contains plenty of Vitamin K, a vitamin which researchers have discovered could be linked to a lessened chance of depressive symptoms. One study, which looked at older adults who consumed a lot of this vitamin as part of their diet found that they had fewer symptoms of depression than people of the same age group who didn’t. If you continually struggle with depression, it’s generally a good idea to cut down on sugar, soft drinks and processed meats, as all these have been found to worsen the issue – so why not try upping your intake of brain-balancing avocado instead?

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