Mood Enhancing Foods – Berries & Chocolate

Keywords: food news, chocolate, berries, depression

 

Many of us try to “eat healthy.”  But what does that really mean?  Just maintaining a balanced diet?  Skipping the processed junk and opting for natural/organic choices?  If people start to see food as more than just a means to fuel our bodies, a whole world of natural remedies would open up to them.  It’s about eating to live instead of living to eat.

 

Berries, chocolate, and tea are a few foods that help to stabilize mood and combat depression.  Researchers have discovered that these foods contain mood-enhancing chemicals which are strikingly similar to those found in popular anti-depressant drugs.  And who wouldn’t want to a square of chocolate and handful of berries, washed down with a nice cup of tea, as opposed to a handful of pills?!

 

The chemicals in these foods bear structural similarities to valproic acid, which is sold under names like Depakene, Depakote and Stavzor.  While those who truly require an anti-depressant drug regiment are not advised to ditch the meds and switch to chocolate covered strawberries, including these foods in your well balanced diet will over time lead to improved moods.