Been feeling blue lately? Before you consider going on prescription antidepressants, you may want to take a look in your very own kitchen. You might have some of these natural antidepressants already available. Plus, they’re tastier and much more satisfying than just popping a pill.

Cashews

The ancient Greek physician Hippocrates said “Let thy food be thy medicine.” If he were around today, he would most certainly be “prescribing” cashews for depression.

It’s really no surprise, once you find out that chocolate contains chemicals that act as mood elevators.

According to Foodmatters, a couple of handfuls of cashews are the “therapeutic equivalent” of a dose of Prozac.

What’s so magical about cashews? A healthy handful of these nuts provides anywhere from 1,000 to 2,000 milligrams of tryptophan, which eventually gets broken down in the body to make serotonin. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that gives you a sense of well-being. Prescription antidepressants target this chemical; either mimicking it or keeping natural levels high to enhance your mood.

So the next time you’re feeling blue, grab a handful of cashews.

Dark Chocolate

When feeling down, you probably instinctively reach for the chocolate. It’s really no surprise, once you find out that chocolate contains chemicals that act as mood elevators.

Theobromine helps to relax breathing and reduce blood pressure, while phenylethylamine and anadamine target the brain to make you feel happier.

For the best antidepressant benefits, consume the highest quality and darkest organic chocolate you can find.

Sunflower Seeds

When you look at sunflowers, don’t you automatically think “happy and cheerful?” Turns out there’s more than meets the eye with these bright yellow flowers. Their seeds can literally cheer you up too!

Sunflower seeds contain phenylalanine, an amino acid that turns into the neurotransmitter norepinephrine—a natural antidepressant. These tasty seeds are also a great source of tryptophan and vitamin B-6, also known for keeping the blues away.

Sunflower seeds are versatile too. You can buy them already shelled and add them to salads, cereal, pasta or bread and muffin mixes. Or you can simply eat them as is!

And if you really want an interesting and delicious antidepressant mix, why not combine cashews, chocolate and sunflower seeds into a tasty trail mix? You can also add dried fruit and other assorted nuts.

With these great foods, you can eat your way to happiness!