If you’re wondering why you’re in such a good mood, the answer could be right in front of you, sitting on your plate. There is a great deal of research showing a connection between the foods we eat and how it affects our mood.
Nutrition scientists discovered long ago that our moods are linked to the production or use of certain brain chemicals, and they have identified many of the natural chemicals in food that change the way we feel. Food influences neurotransmitters by attaching to brain cells and changing the way we behave. This opens pathways to those cells so that other mood altering chemicals can come through the gates and attach themselves to brain cells.
According to researchers from Harvard affiliated McLean Hospital in Belmont, Massachusetts, natural substances found in certain food work as well as prescription antidepressants in preventing depression and making you feel happy.
The natural substances are omega 3 fatty acids and uridine. Researchers concluded through experiments with rats, natural substances were just as effective as three different prescription antidepressants in preventing signs of depression. In other words, eat these foods and you’ll be happier.
The Top 5 Foods Rich in These Substances Are:
- Sugar Beets
- Beet Molasses
The study used a well-established model of depression. Scientists placed rats in a tank of water where they were forced to swim. As time went on, the rats found that continual swimming was useless and they began to float – a sign of surrendering to depression. When the rats were given an injection of an antidepressant drug or combined doses of omega-3 fatty acids and uridine, they started swimming again. The natural treatment was just as effective as the three different anti-depressants in prompting the rats to swim again.
Prescription medication for depression and foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids and uridine probably work the same way to ease depression, according to study leader William Carlezon, director of McLean’s Behavioral Genetics laboratory.
Getting enough omega-3 intake is highly recommended and plays an important role in improving your mental and physical health.
Omaga-3 fatty acids are found in certain types of fish, including salmon, herring and tuna, as well as walnuts and flaxseed. Uridine is found in sugar beets and molasses made from those beets. It is also an important element in mother’s milk and baby formula is enriched with uridine because it is essential for early nerve growth.
You can also increase your consumption of omega-3 by taking daily supplements. There are currently no uridine supplements available on the market.