Five simple mood-booster foods you should know
Everyone eats! Okay, let’s rephrase that; everyone needs food for obvious reasons, especially to survive. But there are other amazing things that food can do for humans. Apart from relieving hunger pangs and gratifying taste buds, there are certain foods that can help in improving bad moods and help you live a healthier and happier life. Let’s see a few of them:
Blueberries aid with acute weight loss. It does this by reducing the formation and accumulation of fat cells by up to 73%. In most cases, the weight loss alleviates bad moods. In addition, blueberries also contain substantial doses of vitamin C, which reduces fatigue, low motivation and depression. Blueberries are also known to contain the antioxidant pigment; resveratrol which helps people handle depression.
Not many foods offer as much mood relieving properties as red wine. Red wine doesn’t just give you that temporary ‘giddy’ feeling, but also makes you happier in the long run. Spanish researchers have linked drinking red wine to reduced depression. In addition, Red wine is also known to promote heart health.
These crunchy delights are packed with tryptophan, which is an amino acid that helps increase the levels of serotonin in the brain. Also, tryptophan induces a soothing effect on the brain causing a happy and calm demeanour.
The amazing taste of chocolate isn’t the only reason you feel happier after a few bites. Cocoa, which is one of the most important ingredients in chocolate, boosts attention and overall mood almost instantly. It also increases blood flow to the brain, releasing more energy and motivation to complete tasks. According to the British pharmacological society, cocoa improves overall cognitive performance. However, only pure dark chocolates offer these mood improving properties and still aren’t harmful to your health.
Black beans are rich in magnesium, and as a result, increases the production of serotonin, which is referred to as the “happiness hormone”. These beans are also rich in important nutrients like fiber, iron, copper, zinc, potassium and they contain sufficient amounts of antioxidants.