Updated: Jun 3
Depression is a mental state characterized by extreme feelings of dejection, sadness, and emptiness. Symptoms can include poor appetite accompanied by inadequate diet and weight loss, or increased appetite with weight gain; insomnia or excess sleep; changes in usual activities; loss of interest; fatigue; loss of concentration; feelings of worthlessness or inappropriate to a life event. To be diagnosed as depression, the depressed state (including at least four of these symptoms) must be experienced for at least one months and should be defined as inappropriate to life’s events. The causes of depression are categorized as psychological, sociological, biochemical, or psychological. Specifically, they can include overreaction to life’s events or to stress, lack of sunlight during winter months (seasonal effective disorder), nutritional deficiencies, poor diet, sugar, caffeine, nicotine, thyroid and adrenal gland disorders, hormonal imbalance, allergies, environmental and microbial factors, or any serious physical disorder.
Spinach, kale, beet greens, and broccoli – sources of folic acid.
Kale, spinach, turnip greens, and sweet pepper – sources of vitamin B6.
Kale, parsley, broccoli, and beet greens – sources of riboflavin.
Garlic – a source of thiamin.
Kale, parsley, green pepper, and broccoli – sources of vitamin C.
Kale, parsley, broccoli, spinach – sources of calcium.
Parsley, beet greens, dandelion greens, and spinach – sources of iron.
Beet greens, spinach, parsley, and garlic – sources of magnesium.
Parsley, garlic, spinach, and carrot – sources of potassium.
NutriJuice Max suggested juicing recipes with anti-depression benefits:
3 beet tops
4 carrots, greens removed
½ apple, seeded
Bunch up beet tops, parsley, and spinach, and push through hopper with carrots
3 kale leaves
Small handful parsley
4 – 5 carrots, greens removed
½ apple, seeded
Bunch up kale and parsley, and push through hopper with carrots and apple.
Source: A Guide to the Health Benefits of Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Juicing: Juicing for Life
Authors: Cherie Calbom & Maureen Keane, 1992 - The Penguin Group