10 Foods To Boost Your Mood
Elevate your mood with food. Try eating more of these 10 foods for a sunny disposition.
Nuts like almonds, cashews and peanuts boast a good amount of selenium, a mineral that’s been found to elevate mood.
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.
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.