Although many people think mussels are like oysters, an aphrodisiac, they actually contain the brain-boosting vitamin B12. Vitamin B12 helps your brain function by insulating the myelin sheath where electrical impulses pass. Mussels also contain trace minerals zinc, iodine, and selenium, which keep your thyroid in check.
Lower in calories than Kale and part of the cabbage family, Swiss Chard is packed with magnesium. Studies have shown that magnesium helps fight depression, which means swiss chard is a mood booster.
Blue potatoes differ from white or sweet potatoes not just because of their color but because they contain more anthocyanins. These powerful antioxidants soak up renegade cells called free radicals, which reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke and cancer. That also means increased blood flow and a boost in mood.
Animals raised on grass pastures have higher levels of CLA (conjugated linoleic acids) and iron. Iron helps the body absorb more oxygen while CLA decreases inflammation. CLA is also thought to help prevent stress-related belly fat.
Although chocolate in general puts a smile on my face, dark chocolate has higher percentages of cacao, which in a recent study of the Journal of Psychopharmacology was shown to result in a better mood – a good reason to take a small bite of dark chocolate in the morning.
Greek yogurt and other dairy products are high in calcium. In multiple studies, daily calcium intake has been linked to improved mood. Additionally, low levels of calcium have been shown to correlate to PMS-related blues. Eating foods with calcium 1,000 mg per day for adults can make you want to smile more.
Asparagus may be known more for its effect on your urine more than for its health benefits, but it has also been shown to be a mood booster. This vegetable contains tryptophan, which helps produce happy hormone serotonin in the body. Another good reason to eat asparagus? It helps reduce the effects of a hangover because of an enzyme which helps break down alcohol. Who isn’t happier without a hangover?
Guava is a tropical fruit rich in vitamin C, carotenes and lycopene. Guava touts nearly twice the lycopene of cherry tomatoes. Lycopene not only prevents sun damage to your skin, but also stops the buildup of pro-inflammatory compounds linked to depression.
High in Omega-3 fatty acids, a tablespoon of flaxseed oil contains 12059mg of heart boosting Omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3’s help ease depression and stabilize your mood. Use instead of olive oil for your salad dressing for a happier day.
If you add a squeeze of lemon to your water, not only will you be adding a little vitamin C but you'll also be balancing your pH levels in your body to an alkaline balance. According to research, a higher alkaline diet makes for a happier person.
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