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Good Mood Foods

Updated on January 20, 2007

It is well known that the food we eat directly influences our mood. Some foods make us happy, some help us relax, some make us jittery, some make us less stressful, etc. The basic chemicals in each food are responsible for these reactions. Some vitamins, amino acids, fatty acids and minerals regulate mood in different ways.

Foods rich in minerals such as magnesium (almonds, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds) tend to relax us and put us in a soothing mood.

Foods rich in B vitamins, including folate are responsible for the production of good mood chemical seratonin in our bodies. Most of the dark green vegetables are rich in folate.

Pasta, noodles and other whole wheat products are the foods that make us feel happy. Some spices, such as saffron are also known to be responsible for the utilization of tryptophan by the body which leads to a happier mood. Foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids also help us get into a happier mood.

Simple sugars, corn syrup, etc. give us quick bursts of energy and act as "uppers". Unfortunately, due to the way they cause the body to manufacture and utilize insulin, these "high" periods are short lived and are usually followed by "dips" in one's mood and energy level.

In general, to help your body produce the good-mood chemicals, it is best to eat whole and organic foods rich in vitamins and minerals which processed foods seem to lack.


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