For the first time, a diet has been developed that treats depression. Two Australian studies tested it out in 2017 with results that compared well to psychotherapy (though it works best in people who shift from a poor diet to the new one). The researchers took the Mediterranean diet (one of the best for physical health), sprinkled in some brain super-foods (like berries, salmon, and dark-green vegetables), and saw significant benefit in mood. We are grateful to the authors for giving us permission to post the Antidepressant Cookbook they used in the study.

Their cookbook focuses on easy-to-make recipes. For those looking to take it a step further try America’s Test Kitchen Complete Mediterranean or Rebecca Katz’ The Healthy Mind Cookbook. The recommended intake of brain-healthy ingredients is listed here.