Food for Your Mood
Research shows that the average American’s daily mood has deteriorated over the past 20 years.
The good news? Whether you struggle with stress, anxiety, depression, or just plain grouchiness, simple changes in your diet and supplements routine can help.
Try these easy-to-procure remedies:
- Cold-water fish for Depression: Cultures that consume more cold-water fish show a much lower incidence of depression, which scientists attribute to the omega-3 fatty acids in fish.
- B-complex vitamins for Anxiety: Your brain needs B vitamins to make both serotonin and GABA (gamma aminobutyric acid), the two principal calming neurotransmitters. Look for a high-potency B-complex supplement that provides at least 25 mg daily each of vitamins B1, B2, B3, and B6. Foods high in B vitamins include fortified cereals, tofu, fish, crustaceans, red meat, eggs, fortified soy products, and low-fat dairy.
- Chromium for Irritability: The root of cranky moods often lies in low blood sugar levels, so supporting your body’s ability to balance glucose and insulin can help. One small study found that supplementation with 200 mcg of chromium daily for three months helped reduce symptoms of low blood sugar in women. Dietary sources of chromium include meats, poultry, fish, and some cereals.
- Pistachios for Stress: Just an ounce and a half of these tasty, heart-healthy nuts has been show to relax arteries and keep blood pressure down, reducing the body’s response to stress.