V itamin B-12 and omega-3 fatty foods are great ways to fight depression and anxiety naturally with nutrition. This is due to the anti-inflammatory properties of foods high in these nutrients; as inflammation has been identified as playing a role in depression and anxiety.

Research shows that inflammatory cytokines, or proteins released by cells, are correlated with depression-like behavior.

Seafood is very high in vitamin B-12; with the best sources being sardines, salmon, tuna and cod. Scallops, shrimp and also lamb is a great source of vitamin B12 as well. Vegetarians or those who don’t tend to eat very much fish may want to discuss a possible B12 deficiency with a nutrition expert, and consider supplementing.

Sardines and salmon are also among the highest source of omega-3 fats as well, but flax seed and walnuts are even better. Sprinkle walnuts on salads and put flax in your smoothie often to get the anti-inflammatory benefits of these nutrients, and help combat depression and anxiety.

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