A number of minerals are present in the body in small amounts but are essential for the proper functioning of body. They can be of two types :

  • Macrominerals like Sodium (Na) and Potassium (K).
  • Trace elements like Iron, Iodine, Zinc, Copper, Chromium, Cobalt, Molybdenum, Fluoride etc.

Some trace elements like zinc, magnesium, calcium, iron and chromium are important in depression (and anxiety) so include food materials (in your regular diet), which are rich in these trace elements.

Name Sources
Calcium All the dairy products, leafy green vegetables, salmon, sardines and tofu (soyabean paneer).
Magnesium Brown rice, soybeans, nuts, whole grains and legumes.
Zinc Whole grains products, eggs, meat, mushrooms and oysters.
Iron Parsley, spinach and all other green leafy vegetables, shellfish, brewer’s yeast, wheat brans, cereals and dry fruits.
Chromium Whole grain cereals, meat, cheese, molasses and egg yolk.