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Can certain foods help with depression?

I am a 47 year old male. I am wanting to make a change to my diet. Can certain foods help with depression?

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I am unaware of a specific food that helps with depression. In general good nutrition is important to mental health overall. The Mediterranean diet is a good diet for most individuals. In general I recommend to my patients that they consume a more plant based diet consisting of fruit and vegetables, low in animal protein, and high in salmon and other fish that are high in omega 3 fatty acids. For diabetic patients, it is important that they consume fruit that is low in sugar, ex. blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries. Along with a healthy diet, I suggest regular exercise as tolerated by their health. I usually suggest thirty minutes per day of something aerobic, outdoors when possible to take advantage of getting vitamin D.
Possibly fish, but mostly intermittent fasting, though there are much better lifestyle changes for depression: exercise, meditation.
Yes. Stop eating toxins. Eat clean living foods.