There are some foods that help the mood. The most famous is certainly dark chocolate, but there are also many others, more or less known.
While dark chocolate works as a real antidepressant, stimulating endorphins and increasing the production of serotonin, the hormone of happiness, nuts likewise fight depressive states thanks to folic acid, zinc and vitamin B1.
Blue fish, namely sardines and anchovies, is rich in omega 3 and influences the development of the nervous system, as well as the release of serotonin and dopamine, the hormone of euphoria. But we can also mention avocado, sesame seeds and pumpkin: tyrosine increases dopamine, thus improving our emotional state. Dopamine which is also released from beets, quinoa and whole grains (bread, pasta and rice): these foods increase the sense of well-being, thanks to betaine. Saffron instantly restores good mood thanks to substances such as safranal and crocin, precursors of dopamine and serotonin.
Vanilla and pomegranate are also very good, as they contain oxytocin, the love hormone that increases closeness and empathy towards others, easing tensions. Sunflower seeds reduce stress, anxiety, nervousness, mood swings and fatigue. White meats increase well-being as they are rich in tryptophan, an amino acid that is important for a good mood.
Every age has its own food dedicated to good humor, as Unaitalia, an association that represents almost the entire poultry production, has ruled. Psychotherapists suggest for the elderly to bring a dish of chicken or turkey, accompanied by pineapple, to the table to increase well-being. This fruit is rich in bromelain, an enzyme that stimulates the digestion of proteins and releases tryptophan for well-being. For adults, forced for hours in front of the computer, a nice sprinkle of cocoa to smile.
After a light meal, go for chocolate cake, which gratifies the palate, relieves fatigue and stimulates euphoria. For young people, a cold chicken salad with cereals or cous cous is recommended. Accompanied by large leafy vegetables, which contain magnesium, this dish contributes to relaxation and well-being of the body.