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These 5 Foods Are Scientifically Proven To Make You Happy

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  •  February 3, 2016


Did you know that your bad mood can be fixed with the right kind of mood? Well, to be honest, give me anything to eat, I’ll be happy as a clam.

You could hand me over some pizza slices, maybe? And, um, some Nutella? Hey, I’m not one who has a sweet tooth, but who says no to Nutella?

Uh, coming back to the point, here are five foods that are scientifically proven to make a person jovial and nonchalant (as Ted Mosby puts it).

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Tea and coffee

According to celebrity nutritionist Suman Agarwal, tea and coffee are not unhealthy. “Flavanoids in coffee help reduce ROS (reactive oxygen species) and reduce stress. Also, caffeine acts on the central nervous system increases the blood flow to the brain and decreases mental fatigue,” she explains. But remember, anything in excess is never good. Have your cuppa black, preferably unsweetened, to get the best out of it.

Dark chocolate and nuts

Cocoa contains phenylethylamine, which causes the release of endorphins, popularly known as happy hormones. “Walnuts are an excellent source of B vitamins, protein and selenium, which have positive mood-influencing properties. They are the richest source of dietary serotonin, a chemical that helps to give the feeling of calmness and happiness,” says Agarwal.

Grain and beans

Grains like quinoa contain all nine essential amino acids that help one relax. “One of the leading causes of low mood can be the deficiency of B vitamins, of which brown and white rice are rich sources,” explains Agarwal. Beans too, contain tryptophan, an essential amino acid that is needed by the body to produce serotonin, the neurotransmitter that affects calmness of the mind.

Rich in vitamin C, B vitamins and flavonoids, oranges help release endorphins that will reduce frequent mood swings.

“Salmon is rich in omega 3 and vitamin D—these increase the serotonin level in the brain,” says Agarwal. Which means, the next time you feel snappy, a salmon tartare might be in order.

Source: Vogue 

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