New research reveals that some common foods enhance moods with a striking similarity to valproic acid, a widely used prescription mood-stabilizing drug.
I have a particular interest in food & exercise as medicine for mental illness. I talk a lot about running because I do that & can tell a real difference because of it. The food is a bit trickier, & I don’t see too much out there discussing how diet impacts mental illness. I see a lot that says it does, but mostly it’s eat healthy, avoid caffeine & sugar; pretty basic, nothing very specific or in-depth. Naturally this one stuck out for me, especially since they talk about Bipolar Disorder & mood swings, & usually these studies just look at Depression.
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“The large body of evidence that chemicals in chocolate, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, teas and certain foods could well be mood-enhancers encourages the search for other mood modulators in food,” she added.
While people have recognized the mood-altering properties of food for years, Martinez-Mayorga’s team is looking to identify the chemical compounds that moderate mood swings, help maintain cognitive health, improve mental alertness and delay the onset of memory loss.
I would like a prescription for chocolate covered strawberries, please!