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We can support a positive outlook or help relieve depressive symptoms by eating foods and spices that enhance mood, such as lentils, chicken, curry, and ginger.
By combining these foods in one dish, we can quadruple our mood boost and treat our body to an array of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.
Lentils are a complex carbohydrate, so they boost the brain’s manufacture of the good-mood neurotransmitter serotonin. They are also rich in folate and iron. A deficiency in folate has been associated with both depression and mania, and a lack of iron leads to low energy and fatigue.
Chicken broth is swimming with the amino acid tryptophan, something the body requires to create serotonin and melatonin (melatonin is necessary for good sleep). Chicken also has tyrosine, an amino acid needed for the production of adrenaline. Tyrosine supports an elevated mood and helps lift a low one.
Ginger is used by some herbalists and holistic medical practitioners to relieve depression since it contains magnesium, phosphorus, and calcium. Research evidence for ginger’s effectiveness against depressive symptoms is minimal, but scientists have found a correlation between low magnesium and depression.
Curry contains turmeric which is the source of a chemical called curcumin. Curcumin enhances neurogenesis or the birth of new brain cells. It increases two mood lifting neurotransmitters, serotonin and dopamine, and it reduces tissue inflammation in the body (research has linked chronic inflammation and depression). When you eat curcumin and black pepper together, the body’s absorption of curcumin is enhanced by 2,000 percent.
Good ... soup can do more to lift the spirits and stimulate the appetite than any other one dish. ~ Louis P. De Gouy
Note: January is National Soup Month.
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