I welcome this topic , as I am discovering through own experiences that foods , plays a major role in our mental ,and physical state, especially the time it is eaten . A lady who suffered from nervous breakdowns used boiled cabbage ? I think the leafy green foods , spinach , kale , parsley can be helpful as they contain lots of iron , and helps to restore / build the "damage nerve . Thanks for your sharing Julia , Calvary's Love
Foods high in tryptophan: Tofu, ground flax seed, pumpkin seeds, gluten flour, Almonds, sesame seeds, Black walnuts
Foods high in Omega-3: Flax seed oil, ground flax seeds, English walnuts, canola oil, black walnuts, wheat germ oil, soybean oil,
Foods high in folate: Chick peas, Black eyed peas, lentils, red kidney beans.
I know this post is 6 months old, and I hope you've already found some substantial answers, but nonetheless, I thought I would still share.
Neil Nedley talks a lot about food in his book "Depression, The Way Out" and there he especially stresses the need for sufficient Omega3 fatty acids. These are found most abundantly in flax seeds and walnuts (like Miss Robin already mentioned). I used to work at a health and education center, where we recommended for those struggling with depression to eat 1-3 tablespoons of (fresh ground) flax per day, and/or 1/4 cup of walnuts.
I am looking in a book entitled "The Natural Remedies Encyclopedia" and here is some of the information it provides regarding diet.
Most important of all, of course, is the Daily Bread!
I struggled with bouts of severe depression until I became a Christian
and began a consistent relationship with Christ through His word. :)
Some non-food advice that the book gives is:
I know you were only asking about food, but I believe that this part is just as important as the food- they all work together!
I hope this was helpful!! If you would like more information, feel free to contact me!
Love and prayers from Your sister in Christ~ Danielle Ami (Certified Wellness Coach)