What food can I eat to improve my mood?

Did you know that what you eat can impact your mood? Many studies have proven that certain food ingredients have a positive effect on your mood and mental health. Tryptophan, Omega-3, Folate and B12 are particularly desirable. Here is a list of foods that contains these advantageous ingredients.

Foods Containing Tryptophan:

  • Tofu
  • Flax seeds or flax meal
  • Roasted pumpkin seeds
  • Gluten Flour
  • Sesame Seeds
  • Almonds
  • Black walnuts
  • Blackeyed cowpeas

Foods Containing Omega-3:

  • Flaxseed/linseed oil
  • Walnuts, English
  • Flax seeds ground
  • Canola oil
  • Walnuts, black
  • Wheat germ oil
  • Soybean oil (Crisco/Wesson)
  • Green soybeans
  • Spinach
  • Sesame seeds
  • Avocado
  • Almonds

Foods Containing Folate:

  • Chickpeas
  • Black-eyed cowpeas
  • Lentils
  • Red Kidney Beans
  • Okra Pods
  • Navy Beans
  • Spinach
  • Mustard Greens
  • Spanish Peanuts
  • Fresh Orange Juice

Foods Containing B12*:

  • Dry Cereal (Total)
  • Egg whole
  • Soy milk
  • Cow’s milk

*For vegetarians, recommend fortified plant sources or B12 supplements; there is no B12 found in fruits, vegetables, nuts and grains.

**Foods higher on each list contain more of that particular nutrient