Check out 8 foods that are mood boosters
By Patricia Uyeh
From time to time, we get mood swings. If not properly checked it can affect productivity and overall well-being. Research shows that some foods can actually improve mood. It might seem weird but these foods are actually mood boosters big time. Here they are:
1. Olive Oil
A recent study concluded that those who ate more fruit, nuts, fish, vegetables and olive oil instead of fast food and commercial baked goods were not susceptible to developing depression. According to another study, olive oil contained anti-inflammatory properties that help to reduce the likelihood of depressive disorders.
2. Dark chocolates
In 2009, researchers found out that dark chocolate decreases the level of the stress hormones. It is also believed that those with ”sweet tooth” were naturally ”sweet”.
Whether you opt for blueberries of blackberries, they are very rich in anthocyanidins which boost brain functions.
4. Raw peppers
When raw , both red and green hot chilies are very high in vitamin C content . This is known to reduce cortisol( the stress hormone). Moreso, high levels of Vitamin C are also found in raw fruits like oranges, pawpaw and kiwi.
5. Date fruits
Fruits that contain a good ratio of tryptophan to phenylalanine and leucine e.g dates, pawpaw and banana increases serotonin level and thus the feeling of happiness.
6. Green Tea or Coffee
Caffeinated coffee has been shown to decrease the risk of depression particularly in women. Also green tea that is rich in L-theanine is known to have a calming effect on the brain and thus boosts concentration and mental ability.
Ensure that you drink water through out the day because research reveals that dehydration alters a person’s mood, energy level and mental focus.
Shellfish is the richest source of Vitamin B-12. It helps increase motivation for everyday activities. Research shows that extreme deficiency can result to irritability and depression. In absence of shellfish, you can opt for Vitamin B supplements which are more or less anti-stress vitamins.
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