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7 Simple Foods to Boost Your Mood!


    1. Whole-Grain Bread
      If you can picture your children asking you several questions one after the other, you already have an inkling as to what happens to your brain power when you eat whole-grain bread. Amino acids are building blocks of proteins and can be found in most foods. One essential function of amino acids is to deliver messages to your central nervous system, more commonly known as brain.Proteins and amino acids play an important role in normal brain function, particularly before birth when the concentrations in the blood of the developing foetus can be three times greater than in the mother.We also tend to forget that most of the essential chemical substances in the brain and CNS – the so-called neurotransmitters, such as dopamine and serotonin – are produced in our bodies from amino acids. The following amino acids and their related neurotransmitters are vital for a healthy nervous system:
      • Gamma-amino-butyrate (GABA), glycine, aspartate, glutamate
      • Tyrosine – dopamine, adrenaline and noradrenaline
      • Tryptophan – serotonin
      • Adenosine, ADP, ATP and AMP
      • Arginine – nitric oxide
      • N-acetyl amino acids and peptides

      [Supplement: Health 24 – Diet and your nervous system]

      Whole-grain bread is enriched with the essential amino acids as compared to plain bread. The trick is to eat a few slices of whole-grain bread every morning with your breakfast to increase the transmission speed of nerve impulses in your nervous system. 

Studies have suggested that tyrosine may help people with depression. Preliminary findings indicate a beneficial effect of tyrosine, along with other amino acids, in people affected by dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease. Due to its role as a precursor to norepinephrine and epinephrine (two of the body’s main stress-related hormones) tyrosine may also ease the adverse effects of environmental, psychosocial, and physical stress.[Supplement: Mother Nature – L-Tyrosine]

[Supplement: Mother Nature – L-Tyrosine]

A chicken sandwich or chicken noodle soup may produce the same results. An effective alternate is tuna fish.

Deficiency symptoms have three categories:

[Supplement: AllRefer Health – Magnesium in Diet]

Increased magnesium intake results in less anxiety and better sleep. If you don’t like bananas, other good magnesium sources are nuts, beans and leafy greens.

Cautions and possible side effects: Don’t take more than 200 micrograms in supplement form; higher amounts may cause fragile, thickened nails; stomach pain; diarrhea; loss of sensation in the hands and feet; fatigue; and irritability. Doses of about 800 micrograms have been known to cause tissue damage.

[Supplement: Mother Nature – Selenium]

[Supplement: Mother Nature – Vitamin C]

[Supplement: Wikipedia – Endorphin]

Note: Most of the above I learned in medical school but following the HonCode principle (Health on the Net Foundation), I’ve tried to supplement this article with sources to back it up.

Gyanish Gungaram is a “blogless” freelancer and a medical student at Université de Lille in France, currently in his 2nd year. When he is not studying, he will pop up on Dumb Little Man with occasional tips to improve your health.

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