It’s as simple as this: when you eat good, you feel good. With that in mind, here are 5 superfoods that are proven to boost your mood.
Turmeric: starting off the list is the Indian spice turmeric, an antioxidant-rich root that boosts dopamine and serotonin levels. In a 2015 study, researchers found that curcumin, the primary antioxidant component in turmeric, not only boosted cognitive function but also improved mood in study participants.
Wild Alaskan salmon: besides the delicious taste of fresh salmon, this superfood plays host to a whole lot of inflammation-reducing omega-3 fatty acids and muscle-building protein. Fish is often referred to as “brain food”, because it supplies essential fats that allow brain membranes to perform at peak levels, which is key for the regulation of mood.
Yogurt and other fermented foods: the keyword here is probiotics. Fermented foods are rich in probiotics that are known to boost the connection between your brain and your gut. This is vital because that connection plays an influential role in your brain’s sensory processing and emotion. In short, probiotics cue your brain to have more emotional responses.
Coconut oil: while coconut oil has been criticized by the medical community for its ability to raise cholesterol, that may be a good thing when it comes to depression. A meta-analysis in the Annals of Behavioral Medicine demonstrated that low total cholesterol is associated with higher rates of depression.
Sesame seeds: for those who constantly feel stressed, sesame seeds are fantastic. That’s because of their high levels of magnesium, a mineral that helps control your stress response.READ MORE
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