If you’re feeling down in the dumps, food could be the answer! The four items below could help give your mood the boost it needs.
Fish oil has long been classed as a ‘superfood’ by many people, and with good reason as it is a great source of essential omega-3 acids. The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry recently found that the docosahexaenoic acid found in fish oil may help prevent suicide in men. According to the study, men with lower-than-average DHA levels were 62 percent more likely to commit suicide.
A study by the Harvard School of Public Health suggests that drinking two to three cups of coffee a day helps reduce the risk of suicide among men and women by a massive 50 percent.
Caffeine has a tendency to stimulate serotonin neurotransmitters in the brain, working like a mild antidepressant.
That said, researchers also found that drinking more than eight or nine cups a day actually increases the risk of suicide.
Aside from the small sugar high and the placebo effect from the pleasing taste of chocolate, the cocoa, especially in the darker varieties, helps the production of antidepressant neurochemicals like serotonin and dopamine. The fact cocoa also relaxes blood vessels in the brain means that the chemicals can circulate more freely in your cerebellum.
Mushrooms are notorious for growing in dark, damp places, but portobello mushrooms are actually packed with Vitamin D. Consuming just 1 ½ ounces of them will take care of your daily requirement for this essential nutrient.
Depression is directly correlated with low levels of Vitamin D so ensuring you get enough, could go a long way towards improving your mood.