A Juice That Makes You Happy

BY June Kellum TIMEJuly 2, 2016 PRINT

Are you prone to feeling down or suffer from depression? The European Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that a diet with high intakes of fruits and vegetables was associated with fewer depressive symptoms. The study attributed these results to the cumulative effort of the antioxidants in fruits and vegetables. Many studies indicate that more than seven servings per day is the magic number that supports a happy mood.

Dark Leafy Greens. Folate found in leafy greens helps minimize homocysteine levels, which are correlated to depression and poor mood. Eating folate-rich foods may have an antidepressant effect.

Citrus. Flavonoids found in citrus fruits have a mild anti-depressant activity.

Beets. Beets and their leaves contain tyrosine and B vitamins to support dopamine and serotonin production.

Turmeric. In a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study of people with a major depressive disorder, turmeric was found to be effective at improving several mood-related symptoms.

Here’s a juice to boost your mood and make you smile.

Recipe: Red Juice

Serves: 1


4 chard (silverbeet) leaves and stems

1 cup spinach

1 large beet and leaves

2 oranges

1 lemon

1 inch piece of turmeric



Wash and scrub all produce well.

Peel the beet, oranges, and lemon.

Add all ingredients through a juicer and enjoy!



Instead of chard (silverbeet) use: kale, spinach, lettuce, watercress, arugula

Instead of spinach use: kale, chard, lettuce, watercress, arugula

Instead of beets use: golden beets, radish, carrots

Instead of an orange use: grapefruit, mandarin

Instead of lemon use: grapefruit, lime

Instead of turmeric use: mint, ginger

Claire Georgiou is an Australian naturopath, nutritionist, herbalist, and author of “The Apple Cider Vinegar Cleanse.” She has more than 14 years clinical experience specializing in liver and autoimmune diseases; thyroid conditions; diabetes; insulin resistance; digestive disorders; chronic infections; children’s health; fertility and pregnancy care. This article was originally published on

June Kellum
June Kellum is a married mother of three and longtime Epoch Times journalist covering family, relationships, and health topics.
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