10 Foods To Boost Your Mood

bowl of almondsElevate your mood with food. Try eating more of these 10 foods for a sunny disposition.

Almonds

Nuts like almonds, cashews and peanuts boast a good amount of selenium, a mineral that’s been found to elevate mood.

Berries

Blueberries contain a myriad of antioxidants and phytonutrients which help improve your body’s response to stress as well as counter stress-related free radicals. They’re also backed by research.

“Molecules in chocolate, a variety of berries and foods containing omega-3 fatty acids have shown positive effects on mood. In turn, our studies show that some commonly used flavor components are structurally similar to valproic acid,” said Karina Martinez-Mayorga, Ph.D., lead researcher of a study which analyzed the effects of natural flavors on mood.

Dark chocolate

In moderation, indulging in one to two squares of chocolate containing at least 70 percent cocoa can reduce stress-causing hormones like cortisol, lower blood pressure, improve circulation, as well as fatigue and depression. Dark chocolate has a plethora of antioxidants, magnesium and other unique natural substances. In other words, it’s not just for PMS. It’s a total mood booster.