Food for Mood: Diet to Improve Mental Health

Dt. Pushpanjali Bangam    08-09-2020 Consult

What does the food you eat have to do with how your brain functions? Turns out an awful lot. While we've always known that what we eat affects our bodies and how we look, scientists are also learning more and more that what we eat takes a toll on our brains. Yes, brain foods matter.


1. EggsBesides fatty fish like salmon, and some mushrooms, eggs are one of the few food sources of vitamin D. They are high in protein and can also be a source of omega 3's if they come from pasture raised chickens. Eggs are a good source of vitamin B12.


2. Yogurt: Yogurt is a fermented food with billions of probiotic bacteria. Probiotics aid in breaking down nutrients for better absorption. This not only improves digestion, it allows the body and brain to better use the nutrients we consume. Recent research suggests a link between good gut health and good mental health.


3. Dark ChocolateChocolate is full of flavonols, which have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. They can also help lower blood pressure and improve blood flow to both the brain and heart. 


4. Green VegetablesGreen, leafy vegetables are also loaded with vitamins A and K, which help fight inflammation and keep bones strong. Folate is high in the spinach, which reduces the problem of depression, fatigue and insomnia. Apart from this, consuming spinach strengthens your memory and also improves your mental health.


5. TurmericThanks to curcumin, a chemical compound found in turmeric, the spice is actually one of the most powerful (and natural) anti-inflammatory agents. It also helps boost antioxidant levels and keep your immune system healthy, while also improving your brain's oxygen intake, keeping you alert and able to process information.


6. WalnutsIt turns out that eating walnuts can keep you from going nuts. Just munching on a few walnuts a day can improve your cognitive health. Their high levels of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals also improve mental alertness. The vitamin E in the nuts can also help ward off Alzheimer's.


7. AppleApple helps to boost mental health. It contains antioxidants which reduce the loss of oxygen species in the brain tissues and improves mental health.


8. BananaBanana is very beneficial for improving mental health because it produces chemicals that boost mental health. It contains potassium which sends messages to the brain and helps the brain to function properly.