farmed-vs-wild-salmonDid you know that a lack of Vitamin D is believed to be a factor in Seasonal Affective Disorder?  The sun is our best source of Vitamin D and during the winter months, it’s not available to us as much as we’d like. The following foods can help you get more Vitamin D just when you need it!

Wild-Caught Salmon / Ahi Tuna / Farmed Salmon

At nearly 1,000 IU per 3.5 serving, wild-caught salmon has the highest amount of vitamin D of all the fish you can eat.  Ahi tuna has 404 IU per serving and is the next best thing to wild-caught salmon. Next you could choose farmed salmon at 245 IU per serving.  It’s good to know that salmon also contains high levels of omega-3, magnesium, and vitamin B12 which can also stave off depression. 

Tomatoes

Tomatoes are available a year ’round now.  The lycopene in tomatoes is thought to be the most helpful component of the tomato.  Lycopene is an antioxidant and helps prevent various cancers and can improve lung function as well.

Butternut Squash

It’s the beige squash with yellowy and orange inside.  It contains vitamin C and other antioxidants in high amounts along with betaine which is a precursor to SAMe. SAMe is used to treat mild depression. Butternut squash goes well with most meals because you can cube it, cook it, or throw it in a salad. It’s also good with meat dishes and in soups. 

Jalapeños

Jalapenos and other spicy peppers are great to eat because they contain capsaicin which release endorphins to make you feel better for little while. Bell peppers won’t help. Serrano peppers, more spicy the jalapenos, are even better at releasing endorphins!

Garlic

Garlic cheap and available everywhere.  It’s great on almost everything if you don’t add TOO much. Garlic has chromium in it which helps you produce serotonin which can keep depression away. Chromium is also found in onions, leeks, and shallots. 

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