Can eating certain foods improve your mood?

Research indicates that the following foods may boost mood.

  • Fish (oily fish) contain high levels of omega 3 which may act to improve and/or stabilise mood. These fish include wild salmon, sardines and mackerel.
  • Whole-grain cereals elevate tryptophan levels in the brain. Tryptophan has a role in producing serotonin, which when deficient is involved in depression. These cereals include bread, oats, brown rice and pasta.
  • Dark leafy green vegetables, for example spinach, contain high levels of folate which has a role in the absorption of serotonin.
  • Avocados contain omega 3 as well as the antioxidant vitamin E.
  • Turkey and chicken are rich in vitamin B6 which is involved in the production of serotonin in the body.
  • Ground flax seeds are also high in omega 3 fatty acids and therefore may help to improve and stabilise mood.
  • Legumes and soy products contain the B vitamin thiamine which assists cognition, memory and healthy brain cells.

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