With less sunlight and more time stuck indoors, it’s only natural to feel a bit blue this time of year.
Thankfully, there are a good number of foods that can boost your mood as you wait patiently for the return of spring and summer. Pick up these six foods at the grocery store if you need some cheering up:
In 2012, researchers at the Nestlé Research Center in Switzerland learned that dark chocolate can decreases stress hormones, like cortisol, which in turn boosts mood.
If salmon is too pricey or delicate to prepare, canned sardines are a fine alternative. They’re high in omega-3 as well as vitamins D, B3, and B12.
A study published in 2013 in the British Journal of Psychiatry found that people who are low in vitamin are more susceptible to being depressed. Without the sun, people have a vitamin D deficiency in the fall and winter, so stock up on foods like salmon that offer the essential vitamin.
Pass on the chips and opt for walnuts as your go-to snack. They’re full of magnesium, a mineral said to help combat stress and depression.
If you’re feeling irritable, eat some asparagus. The green veggie is abundant in folate (folic acid), a type of vitamin B. Studies suggest patients suffering from depression can have low folat levels.
And even if you aren’t irritable, eat some asparagus anyway. Amongst many things, it contains tryptophan, an amino acid that boosts your mood.
Flax seeds increase serotonin levels in the body, a neurotransmitter that stimulates good moods, and is a good source of omega-3 to boot.
Just remember that you need to grind flax seeds to fully reap their benefits!
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