When it comes to our mental health, the pharmaceutical industry spent billions of dollar in advertisement trying to convince us that the “chemical imbalance” in our brain can only be fixed with the latest blockbuster drugs. For the majority of us, drugs are only temporary quick fixes and they do not address the problems in the long run. The drug industry are after new customers and new markets, not cures. “Food, if it’s chosen well, can reshape our medical destinies for the better,” says David Katz, MD, director of the Yale Prevention Research Center. It can improve our mood and focus, increase energy and vitality, and brighten up your skin. Here are some ways to graze your way to a healthy and happy you:
- Snack on walnuts: Walnuts are packed with tryptophan, an amino acid your body needs to create the feel-great chemical serotonin. (In fact, Spanish researchers found that walnut eaters have higher levels of this natural mood-regulator.) Another perk: “They’re digested slowly,” Dr. Katz says. “This contributes to mood stability and can help you tolerate stress.”
- Add asparagus to your salad: A cup of cooked asparagus has 268 micrograms (mcg)—two-thirds of the 400 mcg RDA for women. Add a cup of enriched pasta—which is fortified with folic acid, the synthetic form of folate—and you’ll have a feel-good meal indeed. Asparagus are also one of the best veggie sources of folate, a B vitamin that could help keep you out of a slump. “Folate is important for the synthesis of the neurotransmitters dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine,” says David Mischoulon, MD, a psychiatrist at Harvard Medical School. All of these are crucial for mood.
- Eat fish and nuts rich in omega-3 fatty acids: Omega-3 fatty acids have been proven to vital for moods and memory. Bonus: Omega-3s also regulate oil production in the skin and boost hydration, which helps keep your complexion dewy and healthy. “Salmon is rich in a fatty acid called eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), a type of omega-3 that naturally helps block the release of UV-induced enzymes that diminish collagen, causing lines and sagging skin,” says Ariel Ostad, MD, a dermatologist in New York City.
Source: Top 10 Superfoods for Spring (from Health)
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