Studies show that for mild-to-moderate depression, prescription antidepressants are no more effective than placebos, but there are a number of nutrients that can help improve mood. Bill Gottlieb, America’s #1 natural health coach and author of Bottom Line’s Speed Healing, lists some of the foods and supplements that can help banish depression. Folate (a B vitamin) can be taken in supplement form, as can vitamin B-12. The mineral zinc can help boost serotonin levels and is particularly effective when used in conjunction with prescription antidepressants. Vitamin D is good for mood as well, particularly during the winter. A multivitamin and B complex vitamin is a source for these depression-fighting nutrients.

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