5 foods that can make you happier

5 foods that can make you happier

5 foods that can make you happier

From the food we eat, we derive macronutrients like proteins, fats and carbohydrates that our bodies use for fuel and other essential functions. We also get vitamins and other nutrients from food that our bodies can’t process but still require. Why do some foods make us happy when we eat them?

The science of happiness explains why some foods make us happy.

5 Foods that boost our happiness:

1.Black chocolate

Dark chocolates are rich in antioxidants, that stimulate the brain to release endorphins. That is why you feel the sense of euphoria since you consume a bar of black chocolate. Besides, black chocolate strengthens the immune system, promotes heart health and improves cognition.

2.Avocado

Avocados contain omega-3 fatty acids that have been linked to brain health and mood regulation. This fruit also contains vitamin B3 that enhances the production of serotonin.

3.Tomato

Tomatoes are an excellent source of lycopene, an antioxidant that protects the brain and fights depression. Researchers have found that one of the greatest benefits of lycopene is to prevent the accumulation of pro-inflammatory compounds that have been associated with depression.

4.Nuts and seeds.

The nuts are rich in vitamins B, omega-3 fatty acids, magnesium and zinc, which keep the level of cortisol, the stress hormone low. Nuts and seeds also stimulate the production of endorphins that are later released into the bloodstream to cause a sense of euphoria, relief from stress and enhance mood.

5.Milk.

Milk contains a compound called tryptophan which is converted to serotonin, the hormone that helps regulate mood. Also, a protein found in milk known as lactide has a calming effect on the body.

/Kristiana Laska/

 

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