Foods that help prevent and treat depression and anxiety

Struggle with feelings of depression and anxiety? You can help keep your mental health in check with these mood-boosting foods


by Closer Staff |
Published on

Many of us struggle with depression or anxiety at some point in our lives.

Whilst it’s important to speak to your GP if your mental health is suffering, you can also make positive changes to your diet to help combat feelings of anxiety and depression.

When we feel down, it can be easy to binge on sugary, salty foods that give us an instant gratification. More often than not, however, these foods do more harm than good for out mental health.

Try swapping unhealthy snacks and ingredients for these particular foods, which scientists reckon can help boost your mood and tackle depression and anxiety.


Just a couple of handfuls of cashew nuts can reportedly help you get happy (stock image)
Just a couple of handfuls of cashew nuts can reportedly help you get happy (stock image)

Did you know that cashews contain a natural anti-depressant? Just two handfuls of unsalted cashew nuts can help level out your emotions and tackle unwanted negative feelings. Perfect, right?


Turkey and chicken contain Tryptophan, which helps your body produce serotonin; a ‘calm’ hormone. If you suffer from anxiety then Trytophan can help you alleviate feelings of stress and make you feel calmer and more relaxed.

Could a turkey sandwich help you tackle feelings of depression?

Red meat

Red meat- or any other foods rich in Vitamin B12 and folic acid- are great for keeping your mind fit and healthy (just as important as your physical health, remember!). What more excuse do you have to make that juicy steak?

Kiwi fruit

Kiwi fruits- as well as being tasty- also contain Trytophan which can boost your serotonin levels and tackle feelings of anxiety and stress.


If you’re not keen on kiwi fruits, plums also contain Trytophan and can help anxiety and depression in a similar way.


Who doesn’t love tomatoes, right? They’re a great recipe staple PLUS they can help boost your mood when you’re feeling depressed. A brilliant excuse to cook up a delicious bowl of fresh pasta.


Pineapples are not only a delicious fruit, but they can give your mind a little boost and see you through any negative emotional periods.


Did you know that bananas are a ‘happy fruit’ as well? Why not mix with pineapple and kiwi fruit to create a delicious mood-boosting smoothie? Or better yet keep one in your purse to help keep you levelled out and happy.

If you are struggling to cope with feelings of depression and anxiety then do no hesitate to contact your GP.

Just so you know, whilst we may receive a commission or other compensation from the links on this website, we never allow this to influence product selections - read why you should trust us