Foods That Boost Your Mood : Food plays an important role for your health. A balanced diet not only makes you feel energized throughout the day, it can also balance your mood. Indian Express.com’s Report Dr. Jyoti Bhatt, Dietitian, Jaslok Hospital and Research Center says that “Food plays a major role in balancing our various moods. Whether we are happy, sad, angry or anxious or depressed. Researchers have studied certain foods and nutrients that may be linked to our brain health.
On this basis, dietician Dr. Jyoti has shared a list of some food items and nutrients that play an important role in boosting our mood.
Cocoa ie chocolate beans are rich in tryptophan, which is used by our brain to produce serotonin, a neurotransmitter. Serotonin is a major hormone that helps stabilize our mood.
To help with weight loss and reduce inflammation, green tea also contains antioxidants such as catechins (EGCG), which help promote brain function. Due to the presence of caffeine, it also helps in keeping us alert, as well as it is also good for our memory.
Capsicum, rich in vitamins A and B6, is an essential nutrient for brain development and function. Along with this, it also helps in making serotonin and norepinephrine (a substance that affects mood) hormones in our body.
foods rich in omega-3
Omega-3 helps in controlling heart disease, as well as it helps in weight loss. It also has antioxidant properties. It is also known to reduce depression and other mental and behavioral conditions. Salmon fish, flax seeds, chia seeds, nuts are some of the major sources.
Consumption of fermented food is also considered beneficial for the intestines. By consuming it, the digestive system works properly, which helps you to overcome problems like constipation, gas, indigestion and acidity. Its main sources are idli, dosa, bread, dhokla, curd, matcha, pickle, kanji, miso, curd-rice, ambali, akhoni, yogurt, temp, kefir, kimchi. These food items are very effective for improving the mood, because by eating them, serotonin (happy hormone) is formed in the intestine.
Nuts i.e. nuts (cashews, almonds, walnuts, pistachios etc.) are the most important sources of many vitamins, minerals, magnesium and also have antioxidant properties. They are equally important to boost our mood. If the level of magnesium in our body comes down then it can increase the risk of depression.
green leafy vegetables
Spinach and fenugreek contain the B-vitamin folate (folic acid), a deficiency of which can interfere with the metabolism of serotonin, dopamine and noradrenaline (a neurotransmitter important for mood). More studies are needed to understand the exact role of folate in mental health.