Monday, January 28, 2013

10 Foods That Change Your Mood For Good

We all get a bad mood every now and then and we tend to eat junk in large quantities when we are depressed and down. This eating leads to weight gain and consequently more bad feelings. But there are alternatives to junk food - foods that are healthy and make you happy as well. Following are the 10 best foods of this category.

10. Blue Potatoes
Blue potatoes, although not a common vegetable, contain anthocyanins, which are antioxidants and protect the brain against inflammation leading to improved mood and short term memory. Their peel contains iodine which is good for our thyroid gland.

09. Dark Chocolate
Dark chocolate improves blood supply to the brain leading to improved mood and concentration. A few ounces of dark chocolate a day can keep your mood good and gay.

08. Asparagus
Folate and tryptophan are found in abundance in asparagus. In patients with depression, low folate levels have been found consistently while tryptophan is required for the production of serotonin, which is most important stabilizer of mood. Apart from asparagus, turkey is also a very good source of tryptophan.

07. Cherry Tomatoes
All kinds of tomatoes have a substance called lycopene, which acts as an antiinflammatory in brain hence elevating the mood. To obtain best results it should be eaten with olive oil which enhances the absorption of lycopene.

06. Coconuts
Coconut contains medium-chained triglycerides, which promote general brain health and hence improve the mood. Only coconut shavings should be consumed because coconut milk is quite unhealthy.

05. Swiss Chard
This vegetable contains high levels of magnesium, which is involved in biochemical processes responsible for high energy levels in human body. Low magnesium levels in human body have been associated with higher risk for developing depression.

04. Mussels
Mussels contain vitamin B12, zinc, selenium, iodine and protein. Zinc, selenium and iodine take care of thyroid which in turn prevents weight gain and improves mood. Vitamin B12 is involved in insulation of brain cells resulting in their improved function and consequently improved mood.

03. Greek Yogurt
Greek yogurt has more calcium and protein, even more than milk and conventional yogurt. High calcium levels induce release of excitatory neurotransmitters, which result in elated mood. Protein part of it makes weight loss easier.

02. Honey
Kaempferol and quercetin are contained in honey. These substances reduce inflammation in brain and consequently lead to a better mood. In addition honey does not cause fat storage in body hence it is a better choice as a sweetener as compared to regular sugar.

01. Eggs
Zinc, vitamin B, iodine, omega-3 fatty acids and protein are contained in eggs. Hence eggs provide good amount of energy as well as satiety for longer periods of times. In addition if eggs are consumed in breakfast they cause considerable weight loss.

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