Diet and Depression

Diet and Depression

Hey, it’s Mike here and today, we’re going to look at diet and depression. if you’re in the northern hemisphere like me, winter is coming, and that means depression season is coming; so let’s replace the Sun with the dopamine burst we get from learning! So you’re going to learn about the research on how particular foods affect depression, and also look at a few interventionary trials where people were put on a certain diet and see how they fared emotionally. To start, according to the CDC, one in eight people over the age of 12 in the US take antidepressants And it goes all the way up to one in four in women over 60. And since we can’t always see depression, I would consider this a silent epidemic, so we need to search for answers, and the role of diet seems pretty promising. Quick disclaimer, diet is not a fix-all for being sad, and that depression can be an appropriate response to things that happen in your life. We’re not looking at that We’re looking at an ongoing chemical imbalance type of depression, and any answers we can get to combat that. So let’s let’s go ahead and start on a positive note, and see what foods can make you happier, possibly. This study found that eating fruit at least three times a week was associated with a 34% lower odds of depression than those who did not eat that much fruit. And for veggies, that meant a 62% lowered odds of depression. Which pretty amazing, and yes, they did control for other things that can make you sad like socioeconomic status and looking to other studies, they find the same thing veggies equal happiness. Now, I’m always trying to pressure people to eat Whole Foods and from this study, the more Whole Foods you ate, the lower your depression was. Those who ate the most Whole Foods had about 25% lower depression and those who at the least, had 58% higher depression than baseline. Now I want to be transparent, fish was lumped in with those whole foods such as veggies and fruit. But, as we will soon see, it may have skewed the data for the worst; may have diminished those positive effects of fruit and veggies. Alright, but why exactly could fruits and veggies help with this scientists believe it may be one mechanism it may be the Polyphenols plant Phytochemicals because they quote: “battle oxidative stress and stimulate the activation of molecules that aid in synaptic plasticity, a process that underlies cognitive function.” This is important because Synapses, the communication point between your brain cells, is where all of these happiness neurotransmitters, like dopamine and serotonin, do their job. But it goes further than that. At least two polyphenols in particular, quercetin and luteolin, have been shown to inhibit the breakdown of those happiness neurotransmitters. That break down is done by what is called Monoamine Oxidase, or let’s just call it MAO, like general Mao. From this study, majorly depressed people have on average 34% higher levels of MAO. In other words, excessive Mao probably destroys happiness But again, luteolin and quercetin have been shown to inhibit MAO. These are the results on individual human cells. quercetin, which did require vitamin C to enter the cell, gave about a 15 percent lowering of MAO activity. And luteolin inhibited it by about 20%, and imagine if these effects did translate to the human body. That 20% reduction in MAO activity could have major implications for those majorly depressed people. Another cool side note, vitamin C is a cofactor in the production of dopamine. So much learning! Anyway, looking at foods highest in quercetin: Capers are at the top, and then there’s some less commonly eaten foods such as a lovage and dock. But it’s also reasonably high in arugula, cilantro, onions, red lettuce, and kale. Oregano and celery seeds are the luteolin champions, but it’s also present in foods such as peppers, thyme, rosemary, and lemons. So, next time you want to eat your feelings, just reach for the capers, lovage, and oregano. Fine, it’s no ice cream, but at least it could be a preventive addition to your diet. More science is needed to really know their true power, their true level of effect. But you might be thinking, “Mike okay, obviously vegetables are healthy for us, but what foods are making us sad?” The first path to dietary sadness I want to explore is the arachidonic acid brain inflammation connection. Arachidonic acid is not spider juice, though it is Halloween season. No, it’s actually an omega-6 that is found in animal foods. Here is a list of the foods that are highest in arachidonic acid. As you can see, it’s chicken, eggs, beef, sausage, etc. But how can a mere omega-6 lead to brain inflammation? From this study, oxidation of arachidonic acid produces pro-inflammatory prostaglandins leukotrienes and thromboxanes. This mouthful of inflammatory products then turn into lipoxins, which initiate ‘the termination sequence’. Need I say more? Alright, let’s look at some actual people from this study higher levels of arachidonic acid were associated with a 45% increased suicide risk and 47% increase in a major depressive episodes. Associations are great and all, but do we have any studies that actually changed people’s diets? Yes, we have this one that’s set out to put people on a zero arachidonic acid diet. In order to do that, they had to get rid of the chicken, the eggs, and the fish as I mentioned earlier, very close to entirely plant-based. The results after just two weeks quote: “Restricting meat, fish, and poultry improved some domains of short-term mood state in omnivores.” So we’re looking at inflammation in the case of arachidonic acid, and it’s clear that it does play a role in depression. Just like basically every other disease. So looking to this study, when they put people on a vegan diet, their inflammation markers dropped by 30%. Alright, moving on. Thanksgiving is also coming up where in the US, we will slaughter needlessly slaughter approximately 46 million turkeys, and then, one in four uncle’s will say “I feel tired after that turkey. Must be the tryptophan, huh?” No uncle Philip. You’re wrong. The reality is as this study mentions, once you eat turkey your tryptophan levels crash. Gobble gobble, bitch. This is because in high protein animal foods, there are so many other amino acids that are competing to get across the blood-brain barrier that tryptophan gets left behind. But there are foods that actually do raise tryptophan which is important because tryptophan is serotonin’s essential amino acid precursor. Precursor means it becomes it. So, you need tryptophan to make serotonin. And now, I’ve heard a lot of anecdotes of people on a more whole food, starch-based diet saying “I cured my depression,” but is there any science behind this? Back to that same study, this is what happens when you eat carbs you get a rise in and tryptophan levels. Scientists attributed this to tryptophan making up a greater proportion of the amino acids therefore reducing competition for brain entry. Okay, but this is pretty removed from people’s actual emotions. Did anybody actually test people’s moods and carb consumption? This study did, it put people on either a high carb or low carb diet for an entire year, and this is what their depression scores look like. The high carb group did way better. In fact, they did way better across the board in categories such as anxiety, hostility, and fatigue. And from this study that looked at emotional states and pms, a carbohydrate rich meal improved their depression, tension, anger, confusion, sadness, fatigue, alertness, and calmness scores. And they attribute that to an increase in serotonin after carb intake. Now I’m not saying you have to eat a super high carb diet, It just appears that there’s a minimum intake of carbs required to keep these emotional processes functioning optimally. And I would also say that choosing whole carbs instead of refined carbs is definitely the way to go, because they have a more stable extended delivery of sugars without those blood sugar spikes and crashes, and also they’re accompanied by antioxidants usually, so win-win-win. Finally do we have any trials showing how a vegan diet might affect mental health? Yes, we do. We have this workplace trial that put people on a vegan diet and the results were a notable improvement in a variety of things including mental health. And that right there, is huge. But there’s probably somebody out there thinking, “But this is totally all bull. I read in that Woman’s Health article that vegan diets cause depression.” now I have a video dedicated to responding to the study at the root of these claims, which in addition to mostly having statistically insignificant findings and spelling the word matched wrong, it was done on vegetarians. It was not done on vegans. This is important because eggs are one of the highest sources of arachidonic acid. And it also didn’t account for how people who are depressed it might have a higher tendency to try different diets. In conclusion, a diet of whole plant foods with enough carbs is a recipe for happiness. You have the polyphenols, which have many mechanisms of action one of which is decreasing the levels of MAO, which potentially eat up your serotonin and dopamine, and make you less happy. You also have all of that vitamin C, which plays an important role in dopamine creation, and the tryptophan actually makes it into your brain where it can then become serotonin, which is huge. We also see that vegan diets have a real effect on mental health in real people, and it also is shown to lower inflammation, which certainly plays a role. So, in the end, there are answers for depression in diet. They might not have all of the answers, but a whole food vegan diet is very promising. There’s good evidence that’ll make you happier, and it’ll definitely make the turkeys happier. Win-win. Gobble gobble. Alright finally, I want to give a special thanks to Dr. Greger over at NutritionFacts, though he hasn’t covered luteolin, to my knowledge, and a couple other studies in here. This was largely a summary of research that was compiled by him. Some people have snarkily called this “Greger recyling” Either way, thank you, Doc. Yet videos like this still take a lot of time, so it’s awesome. If you want to support me on Patreon, thank you so much to those that already do, and most importantly, let me know down below if a change in diet has changed your mood at any point, I’m very curious to know. Alright, that’s it for today. Feel free to like and subscribe, and thank you for watching.



  • Sevey

    I have suffered from bouts of depression and PMS for most of my adult life. It was so bad that I often felt like giving up. I knew it was all mental, but there was nothing I could do about it. Psychiatrists gave me medication that either gave me jitters and anxiety or made me feel comatose. After following a WFPB diet my depression and mood swings are gone. I feel like me, like I should be. I am so genuinely grateful.

  • Benjamin Sutton

    I think you are factually correct but you’re leaving out a ton of information. You literally haven’t said anything about how much protein your body needs to stay healthy. If you’re eating fruit all day, you’re going to feel awesome and then crash a bunch of times. Why not mention vegan options that have lots of protein, but DONT have bad consequences for depression? Do those even exist? There have also been studies where people cut out carbs totally for weeks, and saw a dramatic long term improvement in mood. This is due to your body not being so addicted to carbs or sugar. You don’t need that fix if you break the addiction. Vegetables are great but where’s the protein? Your muscles will wither away more than likely unless you’re eating insane amounts of plant foods.

  • Sabrina Starr

    Good video. From experience, you are right! My depression and bipolar symptoms were so bad that idk if I'd still be here if I didn't go vegan.

  • Paytin Gardner

    I'd recovered from anorexia nervosa about three years prior to going vegan, however my relationship with food was still far from perfect. Going vegan allowed me to see certain foods as "safe" again – basically anything that was vegan was "safe" in my mind. Going vegan was the final step for me in recovering from my eating disorder. Additionally, I was never diagnosed with depression, but I did have many depression like symptoms for many years. I found that my mood changed significantly after I changed my diet, and I was able to feel things like excitement again. Even if somehow omnivorous food became ethical, I wouldn't go back.

  • Heather Hodson

    Thanks for the video about depression. I appreciate it. Would you please consider doing a video about aspartame or how to fall asleep? ❤️

  • Prunk Doo

    Giving up gluten cured my 8 yr lasting depression

  • Prunk Doo

    You didn't even mention gluten? What the hell? Classic vegan agenda knowledge shit

  • debbie Allen

    You should do a study on human body odors from eating animal products. Ps love your jokes.

  • NutsinBrazil

    I guess he forgot to mention that vegetable oils like canola and corn oil are also very high in Omega 6. On the other hand fish is really high in Omega 3!

  • Crystal Ortiz

    It has

  • Ele G

    I have been vegan for three weeks and I was prone to heavy depression, irritability and mood swings. My change in diet and an excercise routine have severely changed it! I couldn't believe that I went frome not getting out of bed to dancing to Bill Withers in my kichen lol

  • Thomas DiNardi

    How do I up my B12 levels? Been vegan for just over a year and am feeling my anxiety and depression issues flaring up.

  • TheMatron'sMilitia

    I wonder if high consumption of these polyphenols could make dmt orally active

  • Robert Martin

    1 in 4 people over 12 in the US are on antidepressants? Damn, that's depressing.

  • Robert Martin

    Me: it's kind of crazy sounding I know, but it seems like my depression symptoms lessen when I stop eating animals.

    Friend: cool! Want to get burgers for dinner tonight?


    Nice to know there's some data to back up my own experience. I wonder why so many of our fellow countrymen (here I am assuming you're an American. How American of me.) are so averse to the idea that food might have these sorts of effects?

  • John Paul Sylvester

    “Everyone in this house needs to calm down- eat some fruit or something…”

    -Mel Gibson, “Signs” (2004)

  • Alley Vator

    Well then it was a good idea to eat my banana ice cream while having PMS head aches

  • Taylor Smith

    I love how logical you are! Awesome awesome awesome

  • Amy L

    Going plant based to vegan HELPED my depression but working out and lifting weights saved me. It's my therapy. ❣️

  • mighty_object

    High carb is making me more mentally unstable and more anxious.. I am at lose what to do, because i track my nutrients and eat a healthy vegan diet, 80/10/10 principle..

  • AndyOchoaR

    I was depressed before I took on to this diet, and hadn't realized up until this video that the diet helped me so so much with it. Thank you, once more, for your awesome, informative videos

  • TheMatron'sMilitia

    I've decided I love dandelion greens, I read they have both quercitin and luteolin, vitamin C, and are my main source of vitamin k

  • Chris Hatch

    I didn't have health insurance and after seeing negative side effects of anti-depressants on friends and family, I knew I had to find a natural way to eliminate my depression and despair. I was ready to die. After much study and research, I went vegetarian. It helped a little, but it was still lingering. I then went vegan and the fog finally lifted!!!! I get grief from friends and family because of their conditioned beliefs about where I get my protein, but I don't care. I'll never go back!! Becoming vegan saved my life.

  • William Shepherd

    I have been vegan for about a month now and had severe crippling depression. I no longer take medicine I cut out ALL medicine, I have never been more focused, happy, and overall just in a better mood/place in my life. I was the biggest meat eater but knew the benefits of a whole food plant based diet but I promised myself to stick with it for 2 weeks and now I'll never change!

  • pea

    I'm vegan and i eat healthy and i still want to kill myself

  • Luweeh Kitchen

    i have mild

  • serz laky

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  • CallMeNumber8

    Something fishy about your hair. Seems that he has hair loss? Is it? Show us hair line and crown.

  • Nodira Alizadeh

    I had a low grade depression, but since switching to a vegan Whole Foods diet, it has gone. What’s interesting is that the external life situation is now more challenging, but my mood is better than when I was in better circumstances. So definitely, vegan Whole Foods diet works. Super grateful.

  • Christine Payne

    So, this is exactly why I went vegan in the first place. I had prayed about my anxiety and depression and I felt like I was told by God to go on a daniel fast. Once on it, my anxiety levels fell significantly, so much so that I felt I didn't have anxiety anymore. It used to be so crippling that after dinner at work (evening shift) I wanted to crawl under my desk and do nothing. I would also break down in panic attacks during simple trips to walmart or in church. Now, I can function fine and handle any intrusive thoughts that arise. It's much easier to fight my disorder and I no longer worry about having attacks all the time! Thanks Mic for all the info, ur awesome! I love ur channel and learned so much!

  • Elviriel Arsvita

    I changed my diet from low carb high fat (five years on that diet) to a low fat vegan whole foods diet. I noticed a massive change from more or less depressed and unmotivated to suddenly feeling lighter and happier. My mood is now better and I have abundant energy. I am certain my diet change was the main reason for my recovery.

  • David Andersen

    Mike, I have followed a lot of people on YouTube, and can say that no one does more homework than you. THANK YOU. You are the reason why I am a successful Vegan.

  • Schulzy

    If a vegan diet is supposed to make you happier, why are vegans always so angry?

  • Moto Mike

    I saw a drastic reduction in stress and irritability after going vegan. It's great to see science backing up my anecdotal experience.

  • Emma T

    I remember reading Julia Ross's book The Mood Cure where she encouraged eating animal protein with each meal so you can make your neurotransmitters from the amino acids in the protein. What a load of garbage that was. You increase your inflammation in the brain from animal products making the problem worse. And by the way, luteolin is in celery aswell.

  • SilvaMorasten

    Hi Mic, yeah I've been on whole food plant based already like 3-4 months and noticed that my regular cyclothymic depression-like mood haven't happened, which normally happens to me every year in early summer. So I wonder if the change is due to the diet. Also I have noticed I cope better with stress (well it's a question if it's because I am older and wiser, I don't know 😀 ) and don't have such cathastrophic PMS X)

  • Trina Gallagher

    I’ve suffered from depression and anxiety from a very early age. WEEKS after becoming a vegan at 37, I started feeling better. Now that I’ve become a lazy vegan (less fruits & veggies, lots of processed carbs) I don’t feel as vibrant as I used to. So I plan to go plant-based again! But even while a lazy vegan, I was never as depressed as I was when I was a pescatarian, eating eggs every morning, cheese on everything, etc.

  • Coll McEv

    My mental health has significantly improved since adopting a pbd. Still acclimating and learning recipes etc but only ten moving so onward and upwards. Thanks for another great vlog x

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  • Amanda P

    Carbs make me happy.
    🍞🥐🥖 = 😊😊😊

  • Kelly Conway

    What a big eye opener this video was.. Huge. Thank you!

  • Veg Loveee

    Vegan for 12 months now. Best decision I have ever made and literally transformed my mind/body. Only time I really struggle is when I have a non raw based snack like cookies. Lol

  • Miki Tea

    First of all I freakin love the Mao reference (ya'll if you don't know Mao was …well read history) and the haha 1 in 4 uncles. Ahhhhhhhhhh lol all my uncles and my dad are all about the meat. Lol if only they weren't afraid of social media I could be more influential but alas 🙁 I recently stayed with my aunt and uncle and haha they were very confused as to why I wouldn't touch ANY meat/dairy product. I used to suffer from a lot of depression, and to be fair even while vegan I still suffer every now and then but it's way less than it used to be. I agree the situational depression does affect me, but fruit salad and then a crap ton of kale, rice, and beans (with spices of course) really help me for comfort food. That and my 100% cacao melted with lite agave really does the trick 😉 You can't be sad with that kind of richness on your tongue. Great video! shares with everyone I know.

  • God Emperor Meow

    Wow, just like the communist leader Mao himself.

  • Boho Mama 1111

    I was extremely depressed and suicidal when I was obsessed with Pizza Hut

  • Devin Kaufmann

    You rock man! Your videos are helping a lot of people!

  • goats of oats

    I got a pork ADD BEFORE this

  • Jiří Dušek

    Who the fuck is deprresed in winter?

  • Shannon X

    I transitioned from Vegetarian to Vegan at the end of June. Since then I have lost 13 pounds, my skin has mostly cleared up, I have more energy and have begun tapering down my depression meds. It feels as though I'm healing, for lack of a better term. This has been the best thing I have ever done for my physical and mental health. The knowledge that I'm not contributing to suffering puts me more at peace and helps with the psychological and spiritual healing as well.

  • Surfer Rosa

    YES a change in diet (becoming vegan whole foodie) made me get rid of my bouts of anger/depression, acne and fatigue. Our species wasn't meant to eat refined foods nor animal products (except to avoid starvation in drought or some weird scenario most of us don't have to face nowadays)

  • TheHappyAtheist

    I decided to try vegan for 30 Days and 2 weeks in I honesty feel like a different person. I’ve battled with depression and alcoholism for years and think this may of been the missing piece of the puzzle I’ve been looking for all along. Not only can I feel the health benefits (I feel fantastic btw) it gave me a sense of pride that I am helping the environment and and no longer hurting any animals in the process. Also Inflammation is a thing of the past. I am amazed on how fast I recover from strenuous activity. I just got back into running and about 30 pounds over weight. My joints to my surprise have never felt better.

  • Rip van Winkle

    Sure, I will listen to some sickly looking pale shaky dude for health advice.
    FUck off weirdo, go back to dungeons an dragons, sucking on cucumbers

  • Ipkiss Ikki

    Meat makes me feel better

  • Randa Hassan

    Im trying and i mess up every couple of months for a couple of weeks. After 2 to 3 weeks back on animal products, everytime, i see pain in my knees and back, really depressed and angry, bad acne, lowered energy, lack of focus, and bad acid reflux. I know, why do i do this to myself?? Social issues, time issues, travel, all are no excuses…. im trying. Im showing and summarizing your videos to my grown up kids. They try to make fun of my obsession, but they are all getting on board. My 19 year old was showing my 11 year old dairy farm inhumane treatment videos. Now he's asking me about what is good or not good to eat and does anything get hurt with certain foods.

  • Randa Hassan

    I watch many videos but yours are by far the most informative, concise, and relatable. We are a family of 6 well on the way and to a significant degree because of the information you provide. If you get tired from all the uphill battles, which you can sometimes see, know that you are really making a difference.

    Serious thanks

  • Randa Hassan

    One more thing. Depression must be somewhat alleviated by our neutralizing the cognitive dissonance we must feel at some level, when we know we are killing with every bite. Being human must intrinsically entail to some extent the quality of being humane. We are conditioned out of it, but its there. We also know that the current model is not environmentally sustainable. So no guilt makes me happy as well as all the serotonin.

  • Barbara Solé

    Oregano + capers = pizza! 😂💜💜💜💜

  • T. Marie Thomas

    Do you know of kelly brogans research on curing people with diet recommendations such as grass fed cows <-🙄and eggs ghee etc …I think she’s a psychiatrist. She claims she doesn’t prescribe meds just diet and lifestyle maybe you already did a vid let me know!🤗

  • Gówno Burza

    To may be too early … but. I have been diagnosed with IBS. 3 days ago i went vegan… all symptoms of IBS gone … strange? I thought maybe it isn’t IBS … maybe modern animal protein is not good for us… how can something which was tortured their entire life have good meat…? 🙁 so nah… if I learn to kill a rabbit in the wild (very unlikely… I take spiders out of my house and put them on grass … otherwise my cats eat them 🤣🤣)… so yeah. Never going back to meat again. And depression wise. I know it .. I have it… too early to tell, but today I felt amazing. I also took coffee out of my diet as well since 2 weeks and have been really alert the whole day and super happy ❤️

  • prashanthigirl

    Great video! Can’t imagine how much time went into this. Thank you.

  • William Chamberlain

    04:10 those omega-6 fatty acids come from grains, so they're far higher in feedlot/intensive/cage/penned/cheap meats than in grass-fed and open forage meats.
    Same as fish and cetaceans for the Inuit – stock-full of omega-3s from plankton getting concentrated up the food chain, and very very low omega-6s.

  • Jennifer Maynard & Anthony Fahey

    I’ve had anxiety depression “shyness “ ad/hd and I’ve had all of my mental issues dissipate to practically nothing while I’m able to feel great and confidently walk through life since adopting healthy eating and fruits vegetables herbs seeds and nuts organic eventually I’ll be switching to strictly raw living food

  • Xela D

    Turmeric has also been found to have anti depressants effects from circumin

  • Lauren Riddle

    Your videos are all awesome!

  • Keane Waah

    Carbs and exercise make you happy 🙂

  • debdoll1

    Diets are a fix all for depression people need more saturated fats and depression disappears but u must drop the carbs altogether then u feel a calmness and still mind just add saturated fats Seriously!!

  • Mònica Gracia

    I’m working on my article about dyslipidemia for the end of my degree in nursing, and I’m studying a comparison between statins and natural treatment. I found out about the phytophenols and they are AMAZING. They are part of a group called nutraceuticals. May be you could do a video about nutraceuticals, as they have many benefits in a lot of pathologies.
    I love you’re videos, they are really interesting and funny as well, and they you helped me A LOT to give actual facts in the medical world. It will be difficult, but we can change the medical system with naturopathy and diet!!!
    Keep on PLEASE spreading knlowledge!

  • CobaltLobo

    "gobble gobble beotch!"

  • CobaltLobo

    since I've been vegan, I don't feel so heavy and lethargic and actually have a desire to do things. I was vegetarian for over 13 years and went vegan over two years ago. just the very act of cutting out dairy and eggs as well as all the meats previous, I feel so much more energized even on a lazy day (if that makes any sense lol)

  • Ingrid Sturesson

    I felt a significant raise in mood when I started my vegan journey one year ago. I too am very grateful to dr. Greger for his book How not to die.

  • Jordyn Halliwell

    Yeah I'm doing the whole food thing it's pretty amazing how much it's helped my mood and I've only been doing it 3 weeks. It was one of the biggest things I've noticed thank you so much for making these videos, they've been super helpful

  • Abi Act Natural

    In Jan 2018 I was diagnosed with Bipolar II. Since starting a whole foods plant based diet last May, I have found massive changes in my mood! I am WAY happier now and have a lot less mood swings 🙂 #plantsforthewin

  • jay man cast alv

    lol, yeah animal products cause depression yet depression is more prevelant among vegans

  • Hanna W

    Leafy greens+ vitamin C. Antioxidants.

  • Ted Coombs

    Mic is the best😂

  • Cinnamon Spice Latte

    My premenstrual depression decreased by about 40-50% after starting birth control, but changing my diet got me to the full 100%!!

  • Kate

    It's so true! I used to suffer from terrible anxiety, bouts of depression, and racing thoughts, but since I've been following an almost entirely a WFPB diet for the past two and a half months my overall mood (and of course many other things) has gotten so much better! It feels almost like a miracle. I thought I would always have issues with anxiety, but I just don't seem to anymore. I can't imagine how my mood will change when I go fully plant based. It's so awesome!! 🌱

  • Punky J

    WFPB diet saved my life. At one point I was on 7 different medications, but I continued to stuff my face of disgusting crappy food. I’ll never go back. Raw vegan saved my life. Now I eat more starch based but I’m on ZERO medication and I’ve never been happier. VEGGIES for the WIN!

  • Sequoiah Dreams

    Healthy diet isn't the end all but veganism definitely helps…what i find works in addition is vitamin d supplementation (or just plain old sunshine EVERYDAY 15min-1hr without sunscreen if you live in a warm state where you can go around mostly uncovered so you can absorb the sun-obviously start slow and don't overdo it to the point you're overheating or getting burnt), and turmeric+saffron–these are good in really works…maybe less known and still illegal but extremely helpful is microdosing magic mushrooms for increased motivation and creativity in problem solving (depression often comes from feeling blocked in life-blocked from joy…microdosing mushrooms can help lift emotional blocks from my experience and help you come up with ways to lift or reduce physical limitations as well) watch nuerons to nirvana for some other fun info.

  • LanYu

    I'm happy only by thinking about my oats spirulina smoothie I'll have for breakfast… Hope that explains it enough 😂

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  • James Worley

    Natural carbs are the only way you can fight depression the processed carbs only make it worse.

  • Bibsquid 707

    Even as someone who doesn’t eat animals, I don’t think I’ll be non depressed anytime soon.

  • smileyhappyradio

    Its really hard and time consuming to be vegan. Not everyone can spend hours peeling potatos, washing veggies. I can attest that the longer I'm vegan, the more depressed thoughts I get, or just want to give up. Even as I eat over 2500 calories a day, exercise, get lots of sunshine. Feel free to discount this personal experience I'm having. I guess if I have to die so animals can live thats a noble cause. I was vegetarian for over 15 years, and never felt this depressed. My brain is missing something as a vegan. I think this is why Chris Cornell left us. But if your vegan, I guess its a risk you take. Animals first.

  • Wyspree Gamings

    Probably even more depressed being told that you have to add a bunch of stuff in your body to be healthy…

  • Heather Robinson

    Love all your content! TY

  • M

    Time to start adding oregano and celary seeds in my smoothie

  • Caje Quartz

    When I stopped eating raw chickens, my mouth became less bloody over time.

  • Zoe Livingstone

    Quit with the science and tell us what to eat

  • Kourtney D.

    I've been vegan for a year and a half and have been dealing with depression for a year, since going vegan. I definitely think it's related… and I don't know what to do, because I don't want to stop being vegan, but it's seriously affecting my ability to think properly and deeply, and I also feel nothing. I am so numb and apathetic. I never used to be like this before I went vegan.
    Why must naturopathic doctors and dietitians be so expensive? I don't want to take the inexpensive SSRI because of the side effects. It's really frustrating and I wonder if anyone can relate.

  • jupiter pheonix

    "Excessive MAO destroys happiness" with the graphics- LMFAO!!

  • Loving Fruit

    Mic I love your stuff man. Thank you so much

  • Molly Black

    You’re haircut is absolutely dashing btw!! 😍✨ but going vegan has made a HUGE difference with my anxiety and depression!! It’s amazing!!

  • Kelsey Towle

    I was being lazy tracking my omega 3s for my first year vegan and also just eating waaaay too much gluten (rural area, very few options dining out). Pretty sure I killed my thyroid and was super inflamed because of poor omega 3 to omega 6 ratio. Now I am pretty good about my 2 tbsp ground flax everyday and have an algal oil supplement with DHA and EPA in the mail. And I upped the iodine and selenium for a thyroid boost. I feel much better now. Just wanted to throw this in there because I did feel some weirdness and shame that my vegan diet seemed to be hurting me. There's lots of info out there to help troubleshoot the weirdness.

  • chainsaw39

    Dude, yesterday I ate half a potato chip, and I got depressed for 3 whole months! Never eating something that's not a whole food ever again!

  • Jean Pichot

    Gobble gobble, biatch — golden

  • cazprescott9

    Thank you 🙂

  • Julieanna D

    Hey Mic, how can I look up who funded a study ? This one in particular because I suspect bias;

  • Asteri Agency

    Going 100% wfpb has GREATLY stabilized my mood. Quitting added sugars helped tremendously too. I use to have mood swings- very angry. I asked my husband if he thought I'd calmed down since eating right & he said "Oh definitely! "

  • Gotta Start Somewhere Vegan

    So I have been on a plant based diet going on 3 months. One month in I noticed even after getting fired my anxiety and depression where gone. My puppy died of cancer and I greived one day and was able to move on better than I ever grieved anyone. So even though its been stressful and difficult especially telling my family about my lifestyle change. I was able to move on from stress better than I have at anytime in my life. I wish my vegan friends had been more asertive I could have been happy and healthy long ago.

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