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5 Healthy Foods That Will Boost Your Mood

Provided By - Video Elephant on October 15, 2021
We often eat comfort food when feeling down, these five foods can help boost your mood without the guilt. Omega 3 fatty acids, which can be found in fish, can help protect us from depression. It helps form healthy membranes that transport nutrients into brain cells, lowering inflammation and raising serotonin levels. Green vegetables like spinach and broccoli are a good source of folate, a B vitamin essential for the body's production of serotonin. People with depression consume less folate and have lower blood levels of it than those without depression. It’s thought that probiotics such as yogurt, kimchi, and kefir may help reduce negative thoughts associated with sadness. A review of 10 studies found that probiotics can alleviate depressive symptoms, as well as help with digestive health. Whole grains like oats, brown rice, and whole wheat bread are rich in B vitamins important for energy and brain health. The fiber found in whole grains helps to keep blood sugar from spiking and crashing, helping to avoid mood swings. A study involving over 30,000 people showed those with low vitamin D levels were more likely to be depressed. Vitamin D deficiency has been associated with low moods and poor cognitive performance in older adults. It can be found in foods such as egg yolks, fortified milk, and fatty fish.


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