Depression seems to be more common among women than men.Symptoms include lack of joy and reduced interest in things that used to bring a person happiness. Life events, such as bereavement, produce mood changes that can usually be distinguished from the features of depression. The causes of depression are not fully understood but are likely to be a complex combination of genetic, biological, environmental, and psychosocial factors. Antidepressants and therapy, while both effective, are not the only means available to combat depression. Exercise has been described as a “wonder drug” for reducing symptoms, walking in nature reduces negative thoughts, and meditation can have a powerful positive effect. But there’s another, often overlooked, way to help reduce depression: Food. Our brain relies on nutrients to work effectively and studies have found that Omega-3, amino acids, B vitamins, Vitamin D, and minerals like zinc, magnesium and iron help create strong mental health. The Mediterranean diet, with its abundance of olive oil and leafy vegetables, contains many of these nutrients.
Monounsaturated fats present in avocados possess anti-inflammatory properties that could minimize the risk of depression. Numerous studies discovered that the anti-inflammatory nature of these fats is linked to lower depression risk. Other studies have confirmed the link between depression and deficiency of folate. Foods such as avocados that have high contents of folate could aid in reducing depression risk through prevention of the homocysteine buildup in the brain. Avocado is a serious superfood when it comes to depression as it contains tryptophan and omega-3. Omega-3 is an essential fatty acid that helps combat inflammation in the brain and also helps regulate our brain’s neurotransmitters.