It’s no clandestine that there are complex links between our physical well being and the food we eat. However, growing research has also associated the dots between intellectual health and a diversity of nutrients and vitamins. Though food on its own cannot improve problems related to our brain such as depression, stress but a diet rich in mood-enhancing foods can offer a nice balance to medication or/and conventional psychotherapy.
When you are feeling low, accept it or not, eating a raw chocolate will perk up your mind and you will start feeling better. The reason behind this is the presence of important chemicals such as anandamide and phenylethylamine. These are known to provide the feel-good effect. Also, phenylethylamine is also known as a love chemical. These enhance your mood and you can eat a raw chocolate without any adverse outcome of the chemicals it possesses as both anandamide and phenylethylamine are free of any kind of any negative side effects.
Salmon is chuck enriched with Omega-3 fatty acid, which is considered to be a heart-healthy fat that supports mood as well as memory. While in our brain Omega-3 fatty acids are present in much abundance even more than in any other body part. Various studies have proved its effectiveness for our brain. It helps to alleviate mild form of depression, lift mood and enhance production of important hormones. Owing to hormonal imbalance, a person may suffer from aggressive behavior, which is usually linked with depression and anxiety. Salmon is also rich in vitamin B12, which is believed to boost the serotonin production. The serotonin in the brain neurotransmitters accountable for mood.
An egg encloses innumerable nutrients to aid in body and mind health maintenance. It’s also high in protein content which helps in slowing down the carbohydrates absorption in the blood, thus keeping you being full by the stomach. This unhurried absorption will also facilitate to feel vigilant and productive all the day long. The egg yolk, usually needlessly avoided for its elevated cholesterol content, is a rich source of vitamins D, vitamin B12, and also choline, which all help to boost memory. Vitamins D and vitamin B12 both enhance the levels of serotonin in the brain.
A banana is loaded with magnesium, which diminishes anxiety and improves our sleep. Soothing and stress-lowering, bananas also possess tryptophan, which is an amino acid that is transformed into serotonin in our body. These are also a rich source of different nutrients, and thus they help to deliver a good quantity of oxygen to the brain; these are in fact healthful and vitalizing snacks.
Turkey also encloses the tryptophan, mood-regulating chemicals. It also consists of proteins that especially help in relaxing the brain. It is also rich in melatonin which is known to relax the body as a whole. Turkey is also a good source of another amino acid the tyrosine that boosts energy levels and assists the body to deal with the stress. Tyrosine perks up dopamine and norepinephrine levels thus help in improving your mood.
Walnuts are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, magnesium, and serotonin. It also acts as an antioxidant-rich nut. It has been found out that due to deficiency of magnesium a person is likely to suffer from depression, irritability, insomnia, and anxiety. Walnuts improve this deficiency and help to stabilize mood by keeping blood sugar levels at a normal level and by lessening mood swings.
Amna Sheikh is a medical doctor with a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS), Bachelors in Economics and Statistics. She is also a medical writer working as a freelancer for 10+ years and she is specialized in medical, health, and pharmaceutical writing, regulatory writing & clinical research. All her work is supported by a strong academic and professional experience.