The nights are drawing in and you may already be feeling a little blue with less of that lovely sunlight. Here’s our top 10 foods that will lighten your mood and help kerb to blues.
1. ORGANIC MEAT
Organic Meat – it’s higher in omega-3 and eating it regularly is said to cut the risk of depression by 50%
Curry – Turmeric, the main curry spice increases levels of a substance called BDNF in your body, low levels are linked strongly to depression.
Mackerel – Not just a great source of omega-3, it also boosts the levels of the brain chemical GABA, which helps to block feelings of anxiety & stress.
4. RED PEPPERS
Red peppers – Research from Germany shows we calm down quicker when vitamin C levels in our body are higher – peppers are a great source.
Blueberries – Participants in a recent study noted a 15% improvement in their moods after eating a portion of these depression busting powerhouses.
6. WHOLEGRAIN CARBS
Wholegrain Carbs – They keep blood sugar levels stable and help to balance essential chemicals in the brain.
7. DARK GREEN LEAFY VEG
Dark Green Leafy Veg – High in Folate, which helps the production of mood-boosting neurotransmitters.
Beans – A rich source of the amino acid that your body uses to create the feel good hormone serotonin.
Oranges – Rich in a substance which helps your brain make mood-boosting serotonin.
Eggs – They contain vitamin B which is known to lower the risk of depression.