Fatty fish: Fatty fish like salmon and tuna are rich in two types of omega-3; docosahexaenoic acid and eicosapentaenoic acid. They might not sound appetising, but they are linked to lower levels of depression.
Dark chocolate: Chocolate makes everyone feel better. With good reason, it’s rich in a compound called flavanol known to have a host of health benefits, including regulating your mood and fighting off depression.
Bananas: Bananas always turn a frown upside down. That’s because they are a great source of natural sugar, vitamin B6, and prebiotic fibre, which work together to keep your blood sugar levels and mood stable.
Leafy greens: Both kale and raw spinach are loaded with a chemical called quercetin, which acts as a natural anti-depressant.
Berries: Apart from being a tasty treat with porridge, or a delicious pudding with a little cream, berries are rich in disease-fighting anthocyanins, which can lower your risk of depression.
Nuts and seeds: Nuts and seeds are high in plant-based proteins, healthy fats, and fibre. Certain nuts and seeds are high in tryptophan, zinc, and selenium, which can boost brain function and lift your mood.
Coffee: Coffee has been making people happier for centuries, which could well be why it’s the world’s favourite drink. Coffee contains compounds, including caffeine and chlorogenic acid, that are known mood boosters.