Choose foods with choline, folate, iron, and magnesium to boost your mood and sharpen your mind.
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Depression is thought to arise from an imbalance in certain neurotransmitters, particularly a dip in serotonin. You can boost production of this chemical by eating carbohydrates like whole-grain cereals, breads, and pasta. Whole-grain macaroni and cheese provides calcium, folate, and complex carbs. Folate promotes the synthesis of S-adenosylmethionine, a brain chemical that acts as a natural antidepressant and helps curb homocysteine, a heart- and mind-toxic amino acid.