Mood Boosting Foods for Depression
There are foods that help to maintain and stimulate the serotonin production in your brain.
Serotonin plays a large part in the regulation of your mood and sleep, and low levels of serotonin may lead to aggressive behaviour, anxiety and depression.
Try including some of the following foods in your diet…
Bananas are a great mood booster, they have nutrients such as the amino acid tryptophan, vitamin B6 and carbohydrate work that together, boosting your mood and aid a good nights sleep.
It’s a great food to help with stress, sleep and depression.
Four or five Brazil nuts daily, can act as a natural antidepressant, packed with the mineral selenium, they help our brains to function well.
Berries are packed with antioxidants which helps to reduce depression.
Berries are also a great stress buster; when you are stressed, you might crave sugary treats. Try replacing this for berries, this can also help to lower stress.
Green tea helps the digestive system and its rich in polyphenols which is linked to reducing depression.
Drinking green tea regularly can help to keep both body and brain healthy and happy.
Avocados provide a source of tryptophan, B6 and carbohydrate, combined, these help to maintain the serotonin in the brain. Avocado also contains folate, and low levels of folate is also linked to depression.
Chocolate is a great way to boost your mood. It helps to stimulate production of endorphins, endorphins give us a feeling of pleasure. It also contains serotonin which is vital to our feelings of happiness. It’s also packed with flavonoids which is an antioxidant.
Eggs are a versatile food and full of vitamin D. Vitamin D helps with mood as it stimulates production of serotonin in the brain. We usually lack vitamin D during the winter as we get our dose of this in the sunshine.