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Top 10 feelgood foods.

TRY to eat two or more of these natural happiness enhancers every day 1 SPINACH WHY? It's rich in iron: a great energy booster that wards off fatigue and aids concentration. It's also a good source of vitamin B6 and folate, which support the brain's ability to produce mood-boosting neurotransmitters, such as serotonin.

2 SWEET POTATOES WHY? They're a great alternative to standard spuds as they are rich in folate, plus they are better than white potatoes at keeping blood sugar levels steady.

3 BRAZIL NUTS WHY? They're one of the best sources of the mood-boosting mineral selenium, which can ward off low mood and anxiety.

4 OILY FISH WHY? Fish such as sardines and mackerel are rich in omega-3 fatty acids which help the brain to interpret moods and boost concentration levels. Low levels are linked with depression and other mood disorders.

5 AVOCADOS WHY? They're bursting with depression-fighting folate, mood-lifting tryptophan and stressrelieving vitamin B6.

6EggS WHY? They're a great source of zinc, which helps you to feel more alert and energised by regulating your metabolism and blood sugar levels.

7 YOGHURT WHY? It's rich in calcium, a mineral which can ease mood swings, depression and anxiety.

8TOFU WHY? It's rich in protein, which increases energy levels and improves concentration. It also contains an amino acid called tyrosine, which boosts the brain chemicals norepinephrine and dopamine as well as thyroid hormone, which can all help elevate mood.

9BANANAS WHY? They can balance hunger and mood between meal energy slumps as they help to stabilise blood sugar levels. The fruit's high vitamin B6 content can help to relive anxiety and stress, and it's also a great source of tryptophan - the essential amino acid the brain converts into happiness hormone serotonin.

10BREAD WHY? Your daily slice boosts levels of serotonin - a neurotransmitter that helps you feel happier and calmer. Wholemeal bread produces less serotonin than white but the energy it produces has more staying power, so you will avoid the slump you can experience after eating white bread.

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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Sep 29, 2015
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