The American Journal of Public Health has found that certain foods can have a positive, stimulating effect on your mind.
Here’s a list of some of the foods that can help you boost your mood:
1. Dark chocolate
That’s right! Dark chocolate is known to stimulate the production of endorphins, a chemical responsible for feelings of pleasure. It also contains serotonin that acts as an antidepressant.
Dark green, leafy vegetables are rich in folate and vitamin B. They also affects the neurotransmitters in the brain that are responsible for your mood.
3. Blue Potatoes
Blue potatoes aren’t that common, but they have become a regular at the farmer’s market. They contain anthocyanin (an antioxidant that reduces mood inflammation) and iodine (which is good for the thyroid).
4. Citrus fruits
Oranges, clementines, persimmons, and grapefruit are all packed with folate and vitamin B, which affects the mood-controlling neurotransmitters in the brain.
5. Greek yogurt
Greek yogurt contains more calcium than any other dairy product. It can uplift the levels of mood boosting neurotransmitters like dopamine and norepinephrine. Moreover, deficiency of dopamine may lead to diseases like Parkinson’s and schizophrenia.
Bananas contain potassium that improves brain functioning. The vitamin B6 present in bananas increase serotonin, which calms you down. They also contain tryptophan, which has an amino acid that regulates mood.
Here are some more reasons to include oats in your diet: they have a low Glycemic Index (GI), and they contain the mood-boosting mineral selenium.
8. Cherry tomatoes
They contain lycopene, a fat-soluble phytonutrient. Lycopene stops the buildup of pro-inflammatory compounds that are linked to depression.
These yummy little fruits provide an instant shot of glucose, which in turn improves your mood.
10. Swiss chard
Swiss chard contains magnesium, which invigorates you and helps fight depression. It also heightens your brain power.
Asparagus is filled with tryptophan and folate. Plus, it’s a natural hangover remedy, since it contains enzymes that break down alcohol!
So the next time you feel weak or irritable, try one of these “happy” foods.