Say NO to depression!
Depression can catch us in spring during the never-ending rains, or in autumn, when nature fades, and we grieve with it. Suppressed mood and irritability, loss of interest in things that used to bring pleasure, constant fatigue – all of this are the symptoms of depression.
Scientists claim that it happens because of the lack of folic acid in the body, which produces serotonin. As we know it is called the hormone of happiness. To combat depression British scientists advise to eat foods that contain a lot of vitamin B9, in other words – folic acid. Vitamin B9 was first isolated from green leaves of spinach. As you can guess, we will talk about green vegetables.
Folic acid is found in leafy green vegetables and herbs: lettuce, parsley, cabbage, green tops of many vegetables; leaves of black currant, wild rose, raspberry, birch, linden; dandelion, plantain, nettle, mint and others. Moreover, fruits and vegetables of saturated color are composed of such substances as bioflavonoids. They help to improve blood circulation of the brain filling it with oxygen. It makes you feel much better and naturally raises your mood. Green vegetables have beneficial effects on the human mind, calm and stabilize the nervous system, help the body to cope with depression and stress.
Cucumbers, celery, green peas – one way or another, we have already faced with them. They are low-calorie diet foods that strengthen the immune system. They are rich in mineral components, which bring a lot of benefits to the human body.
Broccoli is also an important vegetable that fills us with the necessary energy and stamina. It is rich in minerals, a high concentration of beta-carotene and vitamins C, K, PP. Also, it contains such an element as selenium, which is able to provide qualitative prophylaxis against cancer. Broccoli positively influences on blood sugar levels and reduces cholesterol levels. It is recommended not to boil broccoli, but rather simply pour over boiling water or eat in raw form, so it doesn’t lose its qualities.
Spinach is also a low-calorie vegetable product. It contains such mineral components as calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron, iodine, manganese, vitamins K, C, and E. The use of spinach is helpful for the prevention of rickets, heart disease and anemia. But it is contraindicated for people suffering from various forms of rheumatism and diseases of the urinary tract.
Parsley contains iron, folic acid, potassium, magnesium, calcium, vitamin A, PP, C, B, A, C. The content of vitamin C in parsley exceeds its content in lemons in four times. 100 g of parsley contains two daily norms of provitamin A. Parsley also contains inulin, which regulates glucose metabolism in blood. It helps to get rid of toxins, reduce the risk of anemia and rickets, deduce excess water from the organism and improve sight.
Asparagus is also very useful and as well as parsley it contains inulin which is so necessary for the body. It is a source of vitamins K, A, C, E, B; folic acid, selenium, copper, manganese, potassium and dietary fiber. The use of asparagus prevents the development of cardiovascular diseases, increases the protective properties of the blood vessels, helps to remove the toxins.