- Salmon - A single three-ounce serving of wild salmon has more omega-3 fatty acids than just about any other type of seafood. Further, omega-3 fatty acids can help stabilize your mood and even make you more agreeable, found researchers from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.
- Eggs - a delicious and great way to get Vitamin B and D to boost mood and memory!
- Bananas - offer serious mood-lifting power, with their combination of vitamins B6, A, and C; fiber; tryptophan; potassium; phosphorous; iron; protein; and healthy carbohydrates
- Yogurt - One cup of yogurt contains nearly a quarter of your daily need for tryptophan, an amino acid that converts to the neurotransmitter serotonin, a critical regulator of mood, sleep and agreeability. Since your body can’t produce tryptophan, you have to get it from your diet.
- Nuts - Just one ounce of mixed nuts (raw unpeeled walnuts, almonds and hazelnuts) was linked in a recent study published in ACS' Journal of Proteome Research to higher levels of serotonin in the bodies of people with metabolic syndrome. People with metabolic syndrome usually are obese with symptoms of excess abdominal fat, high blood sugar and high blood pressure — all of which increase the risk of developing type 2 diabetes and heart disease, according to ScienceDaily.
- Kale - There’s no doubt about it – kale is king when it comes to leafy greens. The plant beats broccoli, Swiss chard and spinach as a source for potassium, calcium and vitamins A and K. Kale is also rich in folic acid and magnesium, which could help improve your mood, according to the American Academy of Family Physicians.
- Valerian - The plant, some scientists believe, may help increase amounts of the chemical gamma-aminobutyric acid in the brain – producing a similar but weaker effect to such drugs as Valium. If you find that sleep deprivation is putting you in a bad mood, steep a cup of boiling water and two to three grams of dried root for five to 10 minutes and drink the tea an hour or two before bedtime.
- Air-popped Popcorn - You’re not just imagining the happy feeling you get from munching on a bowl of popcorn while watching a movie. Like yogurt, whole-grain carbohydrates contain serotonin-boosting tryptophan. Plus, crunching on popcorn can help alleviate the stress of a bad day at the office, and a 2009 study by researchers at the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania found that popcorn is a good source of fiber and antioxidants. Just be sure to skip the butter and salt – sprinkle it with chile powder, smoked paprika, or even a little anti-inflammatory cinnamon instead.
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