Mood and Brain Boosting Foods

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Mood and Brain Boosting Foods

BerriesArticle by Robin Allen, Certified Nutrition Specialist at Necessary Nutrition Academy

Proper diet and nutrition plays a very significant role in our mood and behavior.  A person’s food intake can literally affect brain function.  On many levels the “Standard American Diet” often robs our bodies of our natural feel-good chemistry.  It’s important that we focus our attention on feeding ourselves powerful mood and brain boosting foods so that we thrive and minimize moodiness, agitation and the anxiousness that so many often experience.  A number of mood and brain boosting foods are listed below:

Fatty Fish: Seafood like salmon, albacore tuna, mackerel, and sardines are packed with omega-3 fatty acids, powerful and versatile nutrients that are essential for a healthy mind.

Leafy Green and Cruciferous Veggies: This includes broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, kale, bok choy, and brussels sprouts. They’re filled with antioxidants like vitamin C and plant compounds called carotenoids, which are particularly powerful brain protectors.

Asparagus: This vegetable is one of the top plant-based sources of tryptophan, which serves as a basis for the creation of serotonin, one of the brain’s primary mood-regulating neurotransmitters.

Avocado, Oils, Nuts, and Seeds: They all contain the important antioxidant vitamin E. In one study, researchers found that people who consumed moderate amounts vitamin E from food, lowered their risk of ADD by 67%.

Dark Chocolate: Dark chocolate (at least 70% cocoa) contains flavonoids, another class of antioxidants that some research links to brain health.

Berries:Research indicates these antioxidant powerhouses may protect your brain.

Mussels: Mussels are loaded with some of the highest naturally occurring levels of brain-protecting vitamin B12.

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Robin De-Ivey Allen

Robin De-Ivy Allen is a Certified Nutrition Specialist and the co-founder of Necessary Nutrition, in Riverside.  She has helped thousands of people increase their energy level, vitality and overall well-being.  Visit for nutrition tips and the free audio Key Secrets to Build and Repair Your Body.