selenium and depression

The Link Between Selenium and Depression (And The Simple Solution)

by Kelley Herring on December 6, 2012

Feeling a little low? Blame it on depleted soil.

Selenium and Depression: The Missing Mineral for Mood

As depression rates continue to rise, soil levels of selenium are plummeting. Because the selenium content of food depends on the soil in which they were grown, our food supply is coming up short to deliver this critical nutrient.

An article published in the journal Medical Hypotheses explains how this mineral affects mood. Because selenium is required for the proper function of the thyroid and the thyroid plays an important role in our mood and behavior people with a selenium deficiency may have an increased risk for depression.

Get More Selenium for a Healthier, Happier You

To get more selenium nosh on Brazil nuts. A one ounce serving provides a hefty 767% of the daily value. Other great sources of selenium include:

  • Mussels
  • Shrimp
  • Scallops
  • Cod (Alaskan Black)
  • Halibut (Pacific)
  • Mahi Mahi
  • Ostrich
  • Sardines
  • Lobster

Learn more about depression and diet and the foods and nutrients you need to boost your mood.

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About The Author

Kelley Herring, founder of Healing Gourmet, is a natural nutrition enthusiast with a background in biochemistry. Her passion is educating on how foods promote health and protect against disease and creating simple and delicious recipes for vibrant health and enjoyment.

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Sher L. Role of thyroid hormones in the effects of selenium on mood, behavior, and cognitive function. Med Hypotheses. 2001 Oct;57(4):480-3

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