Feeling Down? Pick Yourself Up With One Of These ‘Good Mood’ Foods

Feeling Down? Pick Yourself Up With One Of These ‘Good Mood’ Foods

Does chocolate make you happy? There may be a good reason for that (besides just deliciousness): a recent study found that certain foods have the same chemical structure as prescription mood stabilisers.

Researcher Karina Martinez-Mayorga presented her findings at the American Chemical Society. She and her team compared over 1700 food flavour ingredients with antidepressants and other drugs prescribed for depression.

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It turns out chocolate, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, teas and foods high in Omega-3s, such as salmon and nuts, are structurally similar to valproic acid, the main ingredient in several mood-stabilising drugs.

Of course, chocolate and nuts aren’t replacements for medication if you have depression, but Martinez-Mayorga says these foods, combined with healthy habits like getting sleep and exercising, could “deliver a quantifiable mood boost”. Hey, any reason to have some chocolate or another cup of tea is good for me.

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  • When I was first diagnosed with depression and anxiety, my psychiatrist suggested eating oily fish such as salmon as its high in Omega 3 and nuts such as almonds. The omegas (3 to the greatest degree followed by 6 and 9, help a lot of handling stress.
    Along with said suggestion was eat healthier (salad for dinner every day… *sigh* I ate it every second day), and fresh fruit. I think this is because most people who eat a lot of junk food find they lack in important vitamins and minerals which can lead to depression. Thus its a common suggestion. Not to mention that certain fruit can have positive benefits.
    Exercise is another important factor for burning off un-used and built-up energy (a lot of people with bad depression won’t move around as much and thus it builds up over time). Having done some exercise its then easier to sleep, which helps greatly in stabilising your mood.
    And chocolate… well everyone just loves chocolate 😀

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