Eating Well by Color
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|Wed, 01-15-2014 - 1:07pm|
I saw this article and wondered if anyone here has tried eating healthier to help with depression/anxiety.
"You probably already know that salads (and most green things) are good for you. But in the last couple of decades, scientists have discovered another reason (beyond vitamins and fiber) to pack your diet with colorful fruits and vegetables: phytochemicals. All plants contain these compounds, which protect them from a variety of dangers—from harmful UV-rays to predatory pests. We take in phytochemicals when we eat fruits and vegetables and, as it turns out, they protect us too. Some act as antioxidants, mopping up unstable “free radical” molecules that may damage cells and could lead to the development of health issues. Others work by helping to boost the immune system."
Specifically, this section piqued my interest:
"Blue, purple and deep-red fruits and vegetables are full of anthocyanins and proanthocyanins, antioxidants associated with keeping the heart healthy and the brain functioning optimally."