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Good Foods Boost Moods | Psych Central News


New research reveals that some common foods enhance moods with a striking similarity to valproic acid, a widely used prescription mood-stabilizing drug.

choc covered strawberries

Good Foods Boost Moods | Psych Central News

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.

Here’s a clip:

“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!


Author: despitemyself

A person in flux.

2 thoughts on “Good Foods Boost Moods | Psych Central News

  1. AMEN SISTA! Those are one of my favoritest things in the history of ever!

    • You know next year I’m going to check out Portland before moving & I’m going to make a big road trip around visiting my scattered friends. I’ll be heading to Austin, so we should see about getting together somewhere along the way & eat chocolate covered strawberries till we pop! Then we’ll be in awesome moods! (Until we pop, then we’ll prob feel less good.)

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