Home » Blogs » NLP Discoveries » 5 Minerals that Fight Depression

5 Minerals that Fight Depression

minerals for depressionYou are what you eat, and this principle applies to your mood.

If you feed your body what it needs to survive, it can sustain a much happier outlook than when it’s continually craving something it’s not getting. If you tend to feel depressed, you may want to discuss with your healthcare practitioner the research behind the following five minerals.

1. Chromium

As a trace mineral, chromium is really only needed in small amounts, however if you don’t regularly eat foods like broccoli, potatoes or turkey, chances are you aren’t getting enough. Without chromium, your brain produces lower than normal levels of serotonin, melatonin and norepinephrine, lessening its ability to stabilize moods and emotions

Read more here:

2. Iron

Iron is an essential mineral for most of the things the body does. Including oxygen transportation, boosting muscle strength and upping energy levels, not having enough leads to fatigue, apathy and depression. Find it in foods like soybeans, lentils and beef ribey.

Read more here:

3. Zinc

Like iron, zinc is found in virtually every part of the body and aids in protecting the immune system. Because of this, low levels of zinc hurt the appetite which can lead to depression. By having enough zinc, your body gains an improved antidepressant response. Check out pumpkin seeds, cashews and Swiss cheese for zinc

Read more here:

4. Magnesium

Playing well over 300 different roles in the body, magnesium is a mineral rock star. Missing out on magnesium results in irritability, mental confusion, fatigue and high stress levels. Make sure you get enough to up your levels of serotonin to bolster happiness. Foods like spinach and edamame are loaded with it

Read more here:

5. Potassium

As the most common mineral in the body, potassium makes up about 70% of the positive ions within the cells. Without it, you may become lethargic, depressed, suffer from mood swings and exhibit signs of psychosis. The most well-known food to stock up on your recommended daily dose are bananas.

Read more here:

Coupled with effective cognitive-behavioral skills, such as managing your perspective, these minerals are worth investigating, testing for deficiency and supplementing, with the help of your healthcare practitioner.

If you like this article, then like my Facebook Page to keep up with all my writing.

5 Minerals that Fight Depression

Mike Bundrant

Mike Bundrant is the author of Your Achilles Eel: Discover and Overcome the Hidden Cause of Negative Emotions, Bad Decisions and Self-Sabotage and co-founder at The iNLP Center which offers online certification in Neuro-Linguistic Programming and life coaching.

No comments yet... View Comments / Leave a Comment



APA Reference
Bundrant, M. (2015). 5 Minerals that Fight Depression. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 20, 2020, from


Last updated: 22 Apr 2015
Statement of review: Psych Central does not review the content that appears in our blog network ( prior to publication. All opinions expressed herein are exclusively those of the author alone, and do not reflect the views of the editorial staff or management of Psych Central. Published on All rights reserved.