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Cast your line for this oddly named fish when you’re feeling down. A study in the journal Nutrition found that women with the highest intakes of EPA and DHA—two omega-3 fats found in fish such as barramundi, trout, salmon and sardines—were less likely to experience symptoms of depression. Omega-3s help promote proper functioning of the neurotransmitters that regulate mood, scientists say.
Chocolate contains mood-boosting compounds such as theobromine and phenylethyamine. Further, a recent Swiss study found that eating a little over an ounce of antioxidant-rich dark chocolate (about 6 Hershey Kisses) daily for two weeks reduced stress hormone levels including cortisol in people with high anxiety. Bonus: Dark chocolate is also on this list of the best foods for better sex!
An Archives of Internal Medicine study found that people who ate a low-carb diet for 1-year experienced more depression than those who ate a low-fat diet that included more nutrient-rich carbohydrates like quinoa, brown rice and whole wheat pasta. Restricting carbs can reduce the production of "I rock" serotonin in your brain. What else can carbs do for your body? Here's everything you need to know.
A 2010 study in the International Archives of Medicine found that you're more likely to be bummed out if you are vitamin D deficient, a common deficiency in American women. Milk, fish and some fortified foods are among the few reliable food sources of vitamin D. Find the right milk for you with this guide to everything from soy and skim to almond and hemp milk.
People who ate a Mediterranean-style diet rich in olive oil, nuts, whole grains, fish, legumes, and vegetables were 30 percent less likely to suffer from depression, compared to those who had the lowest Mediterranean diet scores, according to a study the Archives of General Psychiatry. The mix of nutrients in this happy diet (and this great salad recipe) can keep your spirits up, scientists say.
This leafy green is rich in the B vitamin folate. Scientists at the National Institute on Aging found that women with the highest blood folate levels were less likely to suffer depressive symptoms. Folate and other B vitamins produce neurotransmitters that regulate mood, including "feel-good" serotonin. More feel-great strategies? See what Jennifer Aniston's yogi recommends.
Eat your way to a happier day (and life) with these 8 foods.
Eat your way to a happier day (and life) with these 8 foods to bust a bad mood.
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