Wednesday, March 13, 2013

5 Foods That Will Boost Your Mood [Infographic]

Did you notice that when you eat a meal of your favorite food you feel happier? The reasons for these feelings lay in neurotransmitters, mood chemicals that are produced in the brain that influence our emotions, concentration and energy.

[2]. Eat Fish and Fight Depression

Eating seafood, especially fish can help avert depression, studies have shown. Fatty fish like salmon, mackerel and herring are found to have a good amount of fatty acids, which are very crucial for the health of the cell membranes present in the nerves and human brain. There is a lot of news about how eating fish can help overcome depression. The summary of all findings is this: Human brain is constituted by the same kind of beneficial fat present in the fatty acids found in fish. A healthy brain is necessarily a fatty brain, especially the one loaded with adequate quantities of Omega-3. Scientifically, fish is the abundant source of the principal line of Omega-3 fatty acid that can effectively combat depression and relieve humans from depressive symptoms. Conditions with a shortage for this fat in the brain can be a major cause for depression and that is where the fish diet comes as a remedy by offering a great amount of relief.

Seafood Recommendations
Then the question comes, how much of fish is good for combating depressive syndromes? Joseph Hibbeln’s study on fatty acids suggested that people can consume about 3.5 grams of EPA and DHA on a daily basis to minimize the risks of stroke, heart disease, depression, and diabetes. EPA and DHA can be understood as long-chain Omega-3 fatty acids found in fish diet. In other omega-3 depression and bipolar disorder studies by Harvard Researcher Andrew Stoll, Ph.D. recommends an intake of about 4 grams of EPA per day for people suffering from depression. Therefore, if you enjoy eating sea food and take it regularly, you have reasons to rejoice that it may help to ward off depression.

This article and infographic is contributed by our guest author Anne Blomer. This lovely infographic from explains how certain foods affect our mood. Infographic Source:

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