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Mood-Boosting Foods (Part 2)

Brazil nuts are the number one source of the mineral selenium, which helps preserve your mood and prevent depression. It seems that selenium is essential for maintaining a happy mood. Only six Brazil nuts give you your advisable daily intake. If you don't like Brazil nuts, you can get smaller amounts from meat or fish. But you would need to eat nearly a kilogram of cow to get the necessary amount. .
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Curly kale. Green leafy vegetables like kale are high in folic acid and since low levels of folic acid have been linked to depression, it stands to reason that if you keep your folic acid levels up, you're less likely to fell into depression
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Chocolate is a source of anadamide, a neurotransmitter that targets the same parts of the brain as THC, the active element in cannabis. But chocolate contains such tiny levels of anadamide, you would need to eat kilos of it in order to make any action on the amount that's circulating in the brain naturally. The sweet stuff also boosts our levels of endorphins, the brain's natural happy hormones..
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Mackerel. Oily fish like mackerel are the best source of omega-3 essential fatty acids, which help prevent the depression. They boost serotonin levels and also enhance your brain's receptivity to the neurotransmitter. High-dose omega-3 supplements can even help patients suffering from clinical depression. Vegetarians can get smaller amounts of Omega-3s from seeds, especially flaxseeds and their oil.
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Milk. Your brain needs an amino acid called tryptophan in order to make serotonin, a neurotransmitter that has happy-making and calming action. It works by conserving the brain's serotonin. Dairy foods are a great low-fat source of tryptophan, but you can also find it from poultry and nuts, especially peanuts.
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Turkey. Turkey is high in phenylalanine, an amino acid which the brain converts to dopamine. Dopamine elevates mood and motivation and prevents depression. A recent study demonstrated that phenylalanine was as effective as an antidepressant drug. As well as turkey, phenylalanine is found in majority of protein foods.
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Liver. It is one of the richest sources of vitamin B6, which you need to convert the phenylalanine from the protein you eat to mood-enhancing dopamine and adrenaline. If you don't get enough vitamin B6, you'll probably feel down and your stress levels will increase. You can also get the amount of vitamin B6 from brown rice or other whole grains.
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Coffee. Caffeine is the world's most popular psychoactive drug. It increase metabolism and energy levels, making you feel more alert by interfering with the action of drowse-inducing adenosine in the brain. It also manipulates the same channels in the brain as amphetamines by activating the brain's pleasure centers.
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Muesli. Eating carbohydrates boosts serotonin levels, and complex carbohydrates like oat and rye flakes keep you sustained, making you stay mellow. Protein in nuts and milk further lower the glycaemic index and your blood sugar levels don't spike preventing the “sugar slump” and associated crabbiness you would get after eating a high glycaemic index sugary snack.
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