- Depression is a disorder associated with major symptoms such as increased sadness and anxiety, loss of appetite, depressed mood, and a loss of interest in pleasurable activities (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2738337/?report=printable ). Few people are aware of the connection between nutrition and depression, while they easily understand the connection between nutritional deficiencies and physical illness.
A diet rich in whole grains, fruits, vegetables, fish, nuts, and healthy fats is associated with lower rates of depression and anxiety disorders (http://online.liebertpub.com/doi/full/10.1089/jmf.2016.0043 ).
For women, but not men, the incidence of depression decreased by 40% with this diet. This is important because twice as many women experience depression as men. Nutrient-dense diets are thought to improve mood mainly because of these nutrient: the antioxidants vitamins A, C, and E, and selenium as well as vitamin D, fiber, and healthy fats (i.e., omega-3s) (http://www.webmd.com/depression/guide/diet-recovery#1 ).
Benefits for improving mood and decreasing stress and anxiety have observed using dietary supplements containing vitamins and minerals (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4663579/ ).
The B vitamins and vitamin D are particularly important (http://bmcgeriatr.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12877-015-0148-3 ).
Fiber, especially soluble fiber that promote the growth of healthy bacteria, taken with probiotics offers benefit to lessen depressive symptoms (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4662178/ ).
The amino acids tryptophan, tyrosine, phenylalanine, and methionine serve as precursors for mood-regulating neurotransmitters, and thus are often helpful in treating many mood disorders including depression.
The Nutrient Shake contains nutrients that have been shown to lessen anxiety, improve mood, and lower rates of depression. These nutrients include all essential vitamins and minerals, but particularly, the anti-oxidants, vitamins A, C, and E, and selenium; the B vitamins; and vitamin D. These are provided at 35% of the Daily Value in the Nutrient Shake. In addition, the Everything Shake contains omega-3 fats and at least 20% of the Daily Value of fiber (5 grams). It is rich in the essential amino acids, tryptophan, tyrosine, phenylalanine, and methionine, to support neurotransmitters. The Nutrient Shake is ideal for anyone who is experiencing depression but always consult your physician first.