Five Foods To Beat The Blues
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19th Oct 2011, 04:49 PM #1
Five Foods To Beat The Blues
We all go through periods of feeling anxious, irritable or depressed.However, there are many things you can do to help boost your mood.The foods you eat can directly influence the way you feel,so check out these top five foods to beat the blues.
If you’re feeling anxious, stressed or depressed, a dose of B vitaminscould help to lift your mood. B vitamins are important for normal brain functionand producing mood-boosting serotonin, with vitamins B12 and B6 beingparticularly beneficial for regulating your mood.To up your intake of B vitamins, try snacking on Marmite on wholegrain toast.As Marmite is fortified with vitamin B12, this is a particularly good choice offood for vegans and vegetarians who may struggle to get their recommended intake.
2) Oily fish
Omega-3 fatty acids found in oily fish are well known for being good for the heart.
However, they are equally beneficial for our brain health and mood.A study by researchers from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine found thatparticipants who had lower levels of omega-3 fatty acids in their blood were more likelyto be moderately depressed and have a negative outlook.Furthermore, a study has found surprisingly low rates of seasonal affectivedisorder in Icelanders, where the diet is high in omega-3 rich fish.To follow in their footsteps and help ward off the blues,try eating two portions of oily fish a week, or up to four for men.
Many people find themselves reaching for chocolate to ease a bad mood,
and this could in fact be no bad thing.Research has shown that chocolate contains many chemicals which can help beat the blues,including relaxing magnesium, calming anandamide and pleasure-inducing phenylethylamine.To up the mood-boosting benefits further, try snacking on chocolate-dipped strawberriesfor a healthy treat.Strawberries are not only a good source of vitamin C, which helps in the productionof endorphins, but they are high in mood-enhancing flavonoids too.
Bananas are high in natural sugars, making them a great remedy for low energy levelswhich can leave you feeling down. On top of this they are packed with mood-lifting nutrientsto help put a smile on your face.Bananas are a great source of tryptophan, an essential amino acid which boosts serotonin levels,helping to regulate your mood. Furthermore, they are rich in magnesium, which can help youto relax and vitamin B6, which can help to relieve depression.
Walnuts are the perfect good-mood food, offering the combined mood-boosting propertiesof omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin B6 and tryptophan.The nuts are also a good source of folate (vitamin B9); the deficiency of which has beenlinked to depression.As well as snacking on walnuts, another good nut to add into your diet is the Brazil.Brazil nuts are an extremely rich source of the mineral selenium, with research suggestingthat just one Brazil nut a day can provide you with your recommended daily intake.As low levels of selenium can lead to depression, irritability and anxiety, snacking on Brazilscould be the perfect healthy way to boost your mood.
20th Oct 2011, 12:28 PM #2
Re: Five Foods To Beat The Blues
Thanks 4 sharing......
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