6 Foods That Beat The Blues

Mar 08, 2012 No Comments by

Good-Mood Munchies

Seems you’re never too old for a happy meal. Research shows that certain foods can help keep hormones and brain chemicals balanced, resulting in a sunnier, less-stressed-out state of mind. “You can do wonders for your mood from the inside”. Pile your plate with these six tasty choices:

1. Peppers.

These veggies are packed with vitamin C, which can inhibit the production of the stress hormone cortisol. Yellow peppers have the highest level (341mg), followed by red (209mg) and green (132mg).

2. Walnuts.

A handful a day has been linked to heart health and weight control; now new research from the nuts, along boost levels of serotonin, a hormone that increases feelings of well-being. To get the biggest benefit, go for a raw and unpeeled.

3. Chickpeas.

Just half a cup of these legumes supplies 141mg of folate, a type of B vitamin necessary for the production of dopamine, a neuro-transmitter associated with pleasure.

4. Sardines.

The omega-3-loaded fish may help you feel calmer: Research from Ohio State University found that regularly consume foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids are 20 percent less anxious than those who don’t.

5. Avocados.

Stress depletes stores of B vitamins-essential for the creation of serotonin. Avocados are an excellent source of not only B vitamins but also potassium, which helps lower blood pressure.

6. Sunflower Seeds.

A magnesium deficiency can slow dopamine production, leaving you feeling frazzled. To stay on an even keel, take in 320mg of the mineral daily; these seeds provide 91mg per 1–ounce serving.

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