5 Foods for Fighting Depression


Researchers in a January 2013 study investigated the relationship between symptoms of depression and eating tomatoes and tomato-based products. The results, which were reported in the Journal of Affective Disorders, show participants who regularly consumed tomatoes had nearly half the odds of depression as those who didn’t get a consistent tomato fix.
“Tomatoes contain lycopene, an antioxidant that’s a powerhouse in preventing heart disease, stroke and now depression,” Dr. Bhatia says.
It’s not clear whether the prevention of depression is indirect due to lycopene’s positive effect on overall health, but either way, “include tomatoes in your diet at least four times per week – think tomato soup, salads or homemade pasta sauce,” Bhatia says.

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