Whether you are having a crummy week, a bad day, seasonal depression or depressions, shitty people around you and everywhere, or just overall a dark cloud of your mood causing torrential rain on your head, there are some foods that curiously help in raising your blues level.
Scientists have coined the most current collection of happiness-inducing superfoods with the acronym G-BOMBS (“Green Beans Onions Mushrooms Berries and Seeds).
There are around 100 superfoods currently rumored to be in circulation, and they change daily. For a current pyramid of what to eat everyday to remain super, look at the awesome guide here. Be advised that superfood-mania has daily changes and additions based on our current fads and planetary motions.
This article, however, will focus on good-mood food.
- Note: These foods are not meant to diagnose or professionally treat clinical depression, only to help alleviate symptoms of depressive moods. Any professional diagnosis will have to be made by a doctor!
Let’s get ready!
1. Bananas: Our distant relatives got this one right. Bananas are a good source of tyrosine and vitamin B6.
L-Tyrosine is an amino acid that produces noradrenaline and dopamine, which can help with stress, especially for the acutely stressed among us who tend to deplete their noradrenaline faster and are prone to causing broken plates and windows.
L-tyrosine can also help with preserving stress-induced memory deficits, like forgetting to go to the workplace you hate so much.
Vitamin B6 maintains high spirits. Bananas actually contain 22% of your recommended daily value of B6. Bananas are also a good source of potassium.
2. Avocados: Note – An avocado is not a vegetable, although it camouflages as one.
Numerous avocado activists argue over whether avocados are fruits, vegetables, nuts, or mammals (technically not the last one).
An avocado is a fruit, or more correctly, a single-seeded berry.
Avocados contain mono-saturated fat in the form of oleic acid, 4 grams of protein, vitamin K, vitamin B9, B6, and B5, vitamin C, and vitamin E12. Not to mention low sugar and high dietary fiber, which all help in creating a good balance of moods.
Also, after you’ve lightened your mood, you can put your happiness-inducing avocado on your face for a nice mask to scare off the neighbors. You might break out a little, but it’s good for your skin. Yes for 2-in-1 shopping.
3. Spinach: There’s a reason Mama said to eat your leafies. Spinach is filled to the brim with B6, folate, zinc, tyrosine, and riboflavin. This formerly Asian native green can really raise spirits.
Want to know where the spinach-reheating taboo comes from? After World War II, spinach was a rare commodity and often reheated and thought to have caused cancers due to absorbed heavy metals. There is truth to this. Spinach is full of nitrates, which break down into nitrites once continuous heat is applied, which can lead to methemoglonemia, or can break down into nitrosamines, which can lead to cancer, but doesn’t have to.
4. Mushrooms: Fungi are fun.
They contain vitamin D, zinc, and riboflavin. Shiitake mushrooms have the most of it, and you can put them anywhere – your salad, your pizza, your pasta sauce, your quinoa, wherever. They are extremely space-efficient and happy to join your quest for good moods.
Mushrooms oppose insulin, and therefore help lower and regulate blood sugar levels, and they promote healthy gut bacteria. Know that the nerve cells in our gut manufacture 80-90% of our body’s serotonin, a neurotransmitter that keeps us sane. As we all know, this is a good thing.
5. Onions: Yes. Why?
Because besides helping lower cancer risks and emptying out evil gases (or creating them), they contain high concentrations of anti-inflammatory flavonoid antioxidants. Anti-inflammatory is also good for other parts of your body – including your head. So, inflammation, head, headache… You see how this contributes to your mood.
6. Tomatoes: Alpha-lipoic acid fights depression.
Also, folic acid found in tomatoes prevents the production of too much homocysteine, a restrictor of the production of serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine. Doesn’t hurt to mention that the lycopene in tomatoes helps in thickening your skin against sun damage. I decided to make plum tomatoes my friends.
7. Asparagus: Asparagus, known to some people as the smelly pee creator, may look aggressive and intimidating to some shoppers.
However, behind its ominous fibrous exterior, it is full of vitamin K (strong bones, blood clotting), antioxidants, folate, and low in calories. They can also help with hangovers. One study found that liver cells treated with these fibrous plants had decreased toxicity and more active alcohol-metabolizing enzymes.
Yes, too much of asparagus might produce uric adic, which can lead to gout, but as far as how much of it is hereditary and how much of it is in your little asparagus, is still to be determined by scientists.
Asparagus, scrambled eggs, and ginger tea. Start your post-party morning with style.
Did you know that asparagus is a member of the Lily family?
8. Beans: Beans act as anti-diabetes and weight-loss options.
They are also good for mood problems, because the body digests them slowly and stabilizes blood sugar levels, which evens out moods. These poor things are often wildly misunderstood because of their gas-creating tendencies.
9. Almonds, Walnuts: Have a pinched nerve that causes you unprecedented anger and torn-up pillows? Try some almonds or walnuts.
These little nutlings offer calcium, which helps with pinched nerves. They also contain high levels of vitamin E and protein.
10. Broccoli Rabe: Sick of being forced to eat broccoli by yourself or others? Try its cousin with a surname, broccoli rabe.
It contains potassium, iron, calcium, fiber, vitamins A, C, and K, and lutein (an antioxidant that protects your retinas). Broccoli rabe can slow aging, cause stronger bones, decrease hypertension, lessen inflammation, protect against cancer, Alzheimer’s, stroke, and birth defects. That’s all very good against depressions.
11. Fish: We’re talking salmon, trout, sardines, and mackerel – fish with high omega-3 fatty acids and kick-butt street-crossing methods.
Diets with low omega-3 fatty acids are found to be linked with mood disorders such as depression. Hold this thought for a moment and take a look at this cool picture:
Anyways, if you don’t like fish, then try sacha inchi, walnuts, pumpkin seeds (pepitas), flaxseed, or chia. Seeds have similar contents of omega-3 fatty acids.
12. Turmeric: A spice that is often put in curry, turmeric (also known as curcumin) can treat serious states of depression.
Up to 8 grams of the anti-inflammatory spice turmeric may be consumed per day without side effects. You can also put it on your face if the thought strikes you, but you might be orange for awhile. On a good note, that could be worth it as the turmeric cleans up your pores.
13. Green Tea: L-theanine, a naturally occurring amino acid in green tea, supports clarity and can decrease anxiety and depression.
… It doesn’t hurt that we have about 1,000 types of green tea. Yay!
Have any more superfoods for the blues you’d like to add to this list?
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