Winter brings shorter days, less sunshine and colder temps, which can be known to bring on the blues. Until summer hits, we could use a little mood booster right about now. Here are 8 healthy and yummy foods to eat when you’re feeling down.
Dark greens veggies like broccoli, spinach, kale, asparagus are packed with folate, a vitamin that helps reduce depression, helping you improve your mood. Folate works with chemicals in the brain like norepinephrine, serotonin and dopamine, all which effect neurotransmitters in the brain that positively impact your mood for the better.
Learning that chocolate really does boost your mood is probably what you’ve been waiting to hear. Joking aside, it’s true! Dark chocolate has antioxidants that reduce stress hormones.
Fatty, oily fish like salmon, tuna and mackerel are filled with omega-3 nutrients that are known to lower depression levels. Plus, these fatty acids are good for your health. They help lower your risk of heart disease and lower your cholesterol levels.
Papayas are loaded with Vitamin B6, folic acid and Vitamin C. These nutrients help mange stress and control the level of homocysteine in your blood, which controls your stress responders, leading to less mood swings and decreases depression.
This red-gold, thready spice has been used for years in traditional Persian medicine to improve moods because it helps produce serotonin also known as “good-feeling” chemical in your brain. Studies compare its beneficial effects to Prozac.
Turkey contains an amino acid called tyrosine that can help enhance energy, mental sharpness and overall feelings of well-being.
Green tea contains an amino acid called theanine, which is known to calm your nerves, giving you the clear mind you need when you’re not feeling your best. Herbal teas that contain lemon grass, ginkgo and ginger are packed with mood lifting antioxidants as well.
Lycopene is a chemical found in tomatoes that has been linked to studies showing people who ate tomatoes two to six times a week were about 50% less likely to suffer from depression.
Zinc and omega-3 fatty acids are found in these yummy nuts. Walnuts will help lift your mood and fight angry mood swings.