Feburary 29, 2016
Need to lift your mood to get through these last days of winter? Here are five mood lifting foods that will add vitamins and minerals to your diet and a spring in your step.
Asparagus is a great source of folate as well as one of the few veggie sources that provide the body with tryptophan. Low folate levels have been linked to depression. Tryptophan is necessary for the creation of serotonin, one of the mood-regulating neurotransmitters for the brain. Good news is that asparagus is available year-round and for the purist who only eat locally grown and harvested asparagus in the springtime, the asparagus season is almost here.
Low levels of inflammation are very important for maintaining a healthy brain and one of our top mood lifting foods, honey, contains quercetin and kaempferol, which is important for clearing out free radicals and cutting down on inflammation in the body. This wonderful nectar is also nature’s delicious natural sweetener. Obviously, Winnie the Pooh was on to something.
Lentils are one of the top folate friendly mood lifting foods and a good source of iron as well. Iron metabolizes proteins and helps the body produce sufficient oxygen-carrying red blood cells. Great to use in lots of recipes including hearty winter soups, lentils are a versatile and healthy staple.
Oysters contain an incredible amount of zinc which is necessary for energy production and brain health. They also contain tyrosine, an amino acid that produces various chemicals which can help to elevate your mood. And, they are one of the most delicious mood lifting foods! Readily available almost anywhere these days, if you’re lucky enough to live near an area where they grow naturally or are locally farmed you are particularly lucky as they’ll be extra fresh.
Spinach is high in niacin and zinc, as well as protein, fiber, vitamins A, C, E and K, thiamin, vitamin B6, folate, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, copper, and manganese. What more needs to be said. It’s one of nature’s best mood lifting foods.
So next time you’re feeling a bit down, turn to one of these mood lifting foods and let nature be your remedy.
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