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Good food for bad moods.


Man Moment Got a health, fitness or emotional issue? Q: Can you tell me which foods will help to boost my mood? Clive Gibbons, Norwich a: fooD has a big impact on mood. Even the increasing incidence of certain mood disorders such as depression or bipolar, has been partly attributed to negative changes in diet.

on a basic level it is important to keep a diet low in sugar and saturated fat, and high in fibre and complex carbohydrates. Certain nutrients will also help. Tryptophan is an amino acid found in turkey, eggs and spinach and is linked to improvements in mood.

vitamin B6 is also important in converting tryptophan into mood booster serotonin, and is found in liver, whole grains and nuts.

Leafy green vegetables should be included to keep levels adequate. omega-3 fatty acids have also been positively linked to improving neural function and reducing mood disorders. Those who do not eat at least a portion of oily fish a week should consider supplements.

David Coyne
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Title Annotation:Features; Opinion, Column
Publication:The People (London, England)
Date:Aug 28, 2011
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