Superfoods to Treat On To Boost Your Mood
Dr. Gulneer Puri
When life is being hard on you, you can easily snack away the blues with the help of some superfoods. Certain foods can pump up your mood, energy, and brainpower effectively. Sshhh! Your favourite chocolate too is in the list of foods that have the power to boost your mood.
The perfect example of good-mood food is walnut. The humble nuts offer the awesome combined properties of omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin B6, and tryptophan- perfect for boosting mood. Deficiency of folate (vitamin B9) has been linked to depression. Walnuts are a good source of the vitamin which not only helps boost your happiness, they also help to ease anger.
Research has shown coffee to be a mood booster for women. Findings published in Archives of Internal Medicine revealed that women who drink two or more cups of caffeinated coffee a day are less likely to get depressed. Those who consumed two to three cups per day had a 15 per cent lower risk of developing depression, while for those who drank four or more cups a day their risk was reduced by 20%.
Amino acid tryptophan again is present in yogurt- helping to boost levels of the 'happy hormone' in the brain- serotonin.
4. Brazil nuts
Nut the woes of your lives away! Does that even makes sense? Yes, it does. After the magical walnuts, another good nut to add into your diet is the Brazil. Researchers suggest that just one Brazil nut a day is enough for the recommended daily intake. These nuts are rich source of the mineral selenium- deficiency of which can lead to depression, irritability, and anxiety. Snacking on Brazil nuts can be the perfect healthy way to lift your mood.
Your favourite thing is here. Chocolates are well-known mood boosters- their happiness-promoting properties beating the heavenly taste.
Indian cooking has always underestimated this kitchen marvel. But if you are feeling sad or fearful, avocados could put you in a better mood. They contain high quantities of folate, the deficiency of which causes irrational fears and anxiety- according to researches. Avocados are also rich in omega-3, which is also good for the mood and brain health.