How does food affect our mood?
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.
Dopamine is produced when we eat chocolate, and this can have a mood lifting effect on many people.