Summer is here which mean many of Farmer’s Markets are open on the weekend. It would be a great time to go out and support your local farmers, eats healthy and organic foods. You are what you eat after all if you desire to be healthy then you should pay attention to what you put in your mouth. Fruits and vegetables have plenty of nutrients, antioxidants, minerals, and essential phytochemicals to help you body heal itself.
You should eat varieties of fruits and vegetables; however, I would like to focus on orange and yellow pigment on the fruits and vegetables today. Eating more of orange and yellow pigmented plants while soaking in sunlight help you beat the blue or depression.
The substance named phytochemicals found in plants give the plants its color. The phytochemicals responsible for orange color in fruits and vegetables such as carrot, mango, or pumpkin, are the carotenoids α- y β-carotene, Vit A and provitamin A. Flavonoids in peach, papaya or orange process antioxidant, antihistamine, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory. Flavonoids also inhibit lipid peroxidation and scavanger free radicals which linked to cancer, aging, neurodegenerative disease: Parkinson,Alzheimer, ischemic injury, and artherosclerotic plaques in arterial wall. Oxidative stress in your brain is a major contributor to depression.
A Japanese study found that older men who eat more of carotenoids exhibit fewer symptoms of depression. Compared to those who got the least in their diet, those with the highest intake had a 64 percent lower risk of having symptoms of depression. The amount of carotenoids in foods can be judged by its color; the darker the better because it contains more carotenoids than pale-colored one.