Eat To Beat The Winter Blues

Folate

The Washington Post reported:

Folate (also known as B9 or folic acid) helps the body create new cells and supports serotonin regulation. Serotonin passes messages between nerve cells and helps the brain manage a variety of functions, from determining mood to regulating social behavior. Folate deficiency can cause fatigue in addition to lowering levels of serotonin.”

 Folate works well with B12 to fight depression and amplifies the positive effects of antidepressants.

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Recommended Daily Allowance: 400 mcg per day for adults

Food sources of folate:

  • Spinach (1 / 2 cup): 131 mcg
  • Black-eyed peas (1 / 2 cup): 105 mcg
  • Asparagus (4 spears): 89 mcg
  • Brussels sprouts (1 / 2 cup): 78 mcg
  • Avocado (1 / 2 cup): 59 mcg