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Foods That Work Better Than Drugs to Boost Your Mood

Dieticians and Nutritionists have long studied the connection between what we eat and how it affects us physically. Although most of the widely spread studies are usually centered on foods to avoid such as processed meats, sugary drinks and refined carbs like white bread and pasta, other studies are proving which food can naturally elevate your mood.

For example, a study that was done at Binghampton University in New York connected specific foods with positive effects. Black-eyed peas are legumes that are very high in folate, the vitamin B needed in the production of your neurotransmitters associated with motivation and pleasure. Having an imbalance or low level of folate can result in mood fluctuations, but can also affect concentration and result in poor memory. Liver and asparagus are also good sources of folate as are raw beets.

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Black-eyed peas

If you are having anger issues, foods that contain the amino acid tryptophan seem to be helpful. The journal, Biological Psychiatry, had a recent article that explained a study in which the volunteers who had consumed a drink with tryptophan in it had better communication in the sections of the brain that control anger responses than the participants who had a drink without it. Tryptophan can be found in almonds, cheese, turkey and other high protein foods. These foods are also helpful in boosting your levels of serotonin which is also a mood stabilizer.

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Many people who have trouble sleeping at night find that they wake up and are very cranky in the morning. According to a study that was published in the American Journal of Therapeutics in 2017, a simple food cure for this is tart cherry juice. The tart cherry juice has both the hormone melatonin and tryptophan which are two of the primary compounds that help regulate sleep. Adults in the study that drank two glasses of the juice twice a day for two weeks reported that they had slept on average over an additional 80 minutes per night.

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Cherry Juice

If you find that you have been anxious and you need to calm your mind, green tea is an easy solution. Green tea is high in polyphenols which is an antioxidant that helps protect the brain from things called free radicals. As we age, more free radical collect in the area of the brain, so our need for antioxidants also naturally increases. Accumulation of free radicals is now being associated with increased development of tension, hopelessness, and sadness. Green tea also contains another amino acid called L-theanine which has been proven to produce a calming effect.

So whenever you find yourself in a bad mood, whether it be anger or sadness, be sure that there are foods out there that can help what is ailing you. Just make sure to do a little research first because what most people consider to be comfort foods are not that good for you. Usually, they are high in sugar or carbs and will most likely have the exact opposite effect of making you feel better.

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  1. I am really suprised to see the black eyed beans are that useful to us. I am from Nepal and we use those beans in many types of dishes. My favorite dish with those beans is called “Allu Tama Tarkari”. Also, Nepal is right next to India and those almonds are really easily accessible. Almond Milk is great. And last but not least cherry. Wow, I got to say I love cherry as a fruit itself. I have tried cherry juice and it indeed is tasty.

  2. very informative article.learn lots of this that was unknown.thanks for sharing.

  3. Going to have to begin having these more often as I’d always like to be in a better mood, great article.

  4. Wow these are great ideas, I will try them out!

  5. Very useful article. Thanks for sharing this!

  6. i agree these foods make you happy and have more energy

  7. Wow this is so helpful! I just reach for the chocolate when I’m feeling down but these foods will be way better for me! My waistline thanks you and so do I

  8. I had no idea these foods could have such an effect on mood! Black-eyed peas, almonds and cherry juice aren’t a part of my diet at all right now, I’m really missing out! I started a new diet recently and will definitely be adding these things to it, thanks for letting me know about them.

  9. Some days I’m just off. Gonna try to work this food in

  10. This is a very good post for us

  11. Cherry juice! Who knew? Gonna try it right away.

  12. wow it is a good idea. And Very useful article. Thanks for sharing your knowledge.

  13. Wow! These ideas are so great. I’m gonna try them right away. Thank you so much for sharing these ideas with us.

  14. I am generally a big fan of Almonds because of the taste and its nutrition benefits. I didn’t know it boosts the moss as well. Thanks for the information.

  15. Thank you for ur awesome post. I will try these thinks!

  16. I had no idea that almonds can help control your mood, I’m actually eating a handful right now! The cherry juice possibly helping with sleep is interesting, not sure if I would try it though, I already take melatonin by itself. Time to calculate which is cheaper.

  17. Cherry juice and black-eyed peas? I need to try them out! Thanks for the info!

  18. great informative article.. these food help to make increase the our energy level.. thanks

  19. I agree that almonds can boost your mood. I have read research that in some country almond is one of the primary food in the morning because the function to boost the mood.

  20. Excellent information. I found this article very helpful.

  21. To think something as small as your food could impact your mood so much is crazy! I’ll have to keep this in mind when I’m reaching for snacks!

  22. This is such a great article. I love the info about cherry juice. I often end up waking up cranky and in a bad mood. I think this can really help me. I’m gonna follow the directions and drink two glasses of the juice twice a day.

  23. Very informative article about the food which helps to mood on and it is rich in informations about the nutritions also.

  24. Thanks for sharing this ideas with us.

  25. Very useful – and I’m glad to know I already eat most of these!


  27. I never knew food could be this exciting, great article

  28. Nuts/legumes are essentials for healthy eating/living not only physically but emotionally. It is better to go ‘nuts’ everyday.

  29. as a writer have known this for quite a while, thank you for the elaborate explanation

  30. I had no idea that black-eyed peas fall in the same category with cheese for anger fighting. I love them both! It’s funny how this love increases every time I learn all the great benefits they have! Don’t even get me started on almonds.. Love story with those, lol. Thanks for the article! Great content, like always!!

  31. Almonds are a great snack as they are filled with good fats to keep you fuller, longer. Eating almonds along with fruits (full of sugar) satisfies sugar cravings while curbing hunger. Cherry juice is really good mixed with a bit of sparkling water.

  32. Wow, I am now thinking about buying some Almonds as a go to snack!

  33. Haley

    Almonds are a great snack as they are filled with good fats to keep you fuller, longer. Eating almonds along with fruits (full of sugar) satisfies sugar cravings while curbing hunger. Cherry juice is really good mixed with a bit of sparkling water.

    • Beautiful country! interesting article. The suggestion to wait and take a nap before checking in to a hotel 🙂 is nice to know. I like the idea to ride a bicycle in the city, is a nice way to stop in places you may miss while driving a car.

  34. I eat and love almond nuts, I find that I am very calm, did not know that eating almonds may have contributed to my calm. Thanks for the info.

  35. I always find Chocolate is a great mood enhancer!

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