The antidepressant effects of Omega-3
Omega-3 is a polyunsaturated fatty acid, a healthy fat that is often linked with good mood and brain health.
In fact, most healthy fats are associated with good mood. It’s found in food products like extra virgin olive oil, oily fish, some nuts and fish.
Research suggests that omega-3 can reduce the symptoms of depression, especially feelings of sadness.
How? Apparently, the consumption of omega-3 makes it easier for serotonin to pass through our brain and get to the cells associated with creating ‘happy’ feelings.
Nuts about selenium
Brazil nuts are high in the trace mineral, selenium, which can boost our levels of the happy endorphin, serotonin, and help turn around a low mood.
One study reviewed the impact of selenium supplementation in nursing home residents. It resulted in decreases in depression as well as a positive impact on the thyroid.
About five nuts per day should do the trick.
Chocolate = happiness
Cocoa powder and chocolate are mighty powerful mood lifters. Both substances are high in antioxidants, mainly flavonoids that can positively impact the brain.
Chocolate also induces positive effects on mood and is often consumed under emotional stress, a study published in 2013 on cocoa states.
The darker the chocolate, the greater percentage of cocoa – and potentially, the greater the impact your square of dark chocolate can have on your mood.