How does food af­fect our mood?

Central Leader - - HEALTH & BEAUTY -

peo­ple. How­ever, for those with al­ready el­e­vated dopamine lev­els, ex­ces­sive amounts of choco­late can lead to ten­sion and ag­gres­sion.

So like with all things re­lated to mood, there is no one size fits all; some find choco­late en­hances their mood, for oth­ers it gives them a headache and/or fires them up.

Bananas, par­tic­u­larly ripe bananas, can help to reg­u­late dopamine – a feel good fac­tor – as they con­tain a high con­cen­tra­tion of ty­ro­sine, an amino acid that helps gen­er­ate dopamine in the brain. Bananas are also rich in B group vi­ta­mins, in­clud­ing vi­ta­min B6, as well as mag­ne­sium, both es­sen­tial for re­lax­ation and a calm ner­vous sys­tem. Other food sources of ty­ro­sine in­clude al­monds, eggs and meats.

MAARTEN HOLL

Dopamine is pro­duced when we eat choco­late, and this can have a mood lift­ing ef­fect on many peo­ple.

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