This root vegetable may have a reputation for improving eyesight, but it can have mental health benefits, too. A study from the University of Otago found carrots were among the top 10 raw foods linked to improved mental health.
“Our research has highlighted the consumption of fruit and veg in their ‘unmodified’ state is more strongly associated with better mental health,” lead researcher Dr. Tamlin Conner said in a press release.
Researchers at University College London found that consumption of dark chocolate can aid in lessening anxiety and improved clinical depression symptoms.
“Dark chocolate has many health benefits and can definitely be enjoyed as part of a balanced diet,” Johns Hopkins nutritionist and registered dietitian Diane Vizthum told Johns Hopkins Medicine. “There are many healthy ways to incorporate chocolate into your lifestyle, so find what works for you.”
A 2019 study found that eating walnuts could be linked to a decreased prevalence of depression.
Researchers at UCLA found that those who ate walnuts had 26% lower depression scores compared to those who didn’t eat any nuts at all. Additionally, walnut eaters reported feeling more energetic, fewer feelings of hopelessness and had more interest in doing things.
If social anxiety is getting you down, snacking on kimchi could help.
A study published in Science Direct in 2015 found young adults reaped the benefits.
“The main finding was that individuals who had consumed more fermented foods had reduced social anxiety. And the secondary finding was that more exercise was related to reduced social anxiety, as well,” researchers said.
Eating naturally fermented foods offer the highest concentration of probiotics, according to Lifehack. The study noted probiotics may have a protective effect on social anxiety.