No one should:
- Turn down fresh salmon
- Say “no” to juicy blueberries
- Refuse to indulge in a little dark chocolate
Why? Because these foods are not only delicious, but have some serious health benefits and can boost your mood!
With both physical and mental benefits, these foods got it going on.
The Fishy Truth
Fish such as Salmon have an incredibly high amount of omega-3 fatty acids. Our bodies cannot produce omega-3 fats, meaning that we need to have a diet that provides the amount of omega-3s that our bodies need. Besides the physical benefits of preventing heart disease and helping with blood clots, omega-3 fats can help with your mental health as well. There have been studies demonstrating how people with higher blood levels of omega-3s have a more positive outlook on life as opposed to those who have a lower intake of omega-3s. To sum things up, salmon makes you happy!
Berries such as blueberries and blackberries contain a purple pigment called anthocyanin which is considered a mood booster. Anthocyanin is a flavonoid pigment that has been shown to reduce mood-killing inflammation in the brain. Anthocyanin can help decrease levels of stress and help you go throughout your day with a sweeter perspective.
It’s true. Dark chocolate is good for you. Dark chocolate has polyphenol in it that helps decrease levels of anxiety. Those who had a polyphenol-rich chocolate drink reported feeling calmer and relaxed than those who did not. Cocoa boosts brain serotonin, a chemical that is responsible for maintaining mood balance. This means that having a small amount of dark chocolate is not a bad thing!
These three groups of foods have been shown to boost your mood, so next time, avoid the bag of potato-chips and reach for a carton of blueberries!