Fruits and vegetables have played important roles in human existence, and this dates back to the Stone Age. While many of us are aware of such health benefits like supporting our immune system, muscle strength and better vision which we get from consuming fruits and veggies, we, however, do not know that they can help in also boosting our moods.True we have always thought until recent findings that the benefits of consuming enough fruits and veggies are only physical, but research has shown that they can boost our psychological well-being.
In a research carried out by the Department of Psychology at the University of Otago in New Zealand, the psychological state of 171 young adults (aged 18-25) were assessed before and after the research. They were divided into three groups; the first group was served regular meals, second were served extra fruits and veggies every day and the third group were given prepaid vouchers and sent reminder texts to take more fruits and veggies daily.
After only two weeks, those who were personally made to eat extra fruits and veggies were discovered to have experienced motivational, vitality and flourishing boost. In case you are wondering what happened to the other groups, the answer is nothing. There was no sign of psychology improvement.
Are you serious? Do you mean if I cultivate the habit of consuming more fruits on a daily basis, I’m going to experience significant psychological boost? Oh yes, you will.But exactly what type of fruits and vegetables do I need to be consuming to improve my psychological well-being and develop a happy state of mind? Well, read on to find out.
True these fruits are known for their creamy, delicious flavor. But the fact is, they do offer a lot more than that. For example, research has shown they do contain high levels of monounsaturated fatty acids which give our brains a boost by helping in keeping the brain’s nerve cells healthy.
However, you must refrain from having an excess of it because Avocados are known to contain a high amount of calories, half or quarter of it should be OK for each daily meal.
Did you know that blue and strawberries were published in 2012 to have ties with the decreasing rate at which the cognitive ability of older adults decline? The publication was the result of a research carried out by a team of researchers who opine that the reason could be because berries are high in flavonoids (antioxidants) concentration which has mood-enhancing properties.
One good thing about berries is that: they do not contain high calories but have more antioxidants that help to keep the brain cells protected.
If you have been eating bananas less frequently, then I suggest it is time you started consuming it more often. Why? The reason is that they are rich in vitamin B and in case you didn't know, vitamin B6 helps in soothing our nervous systems.
They also contain a mood-boosting natural reward chemical known as dopamine. However, people with leptin/insulin resistance shouldn't consume them in excess.
4. Turmeric (Curcumin)
I'm sure you must have heard or know about the spice turmeric. But what you may not know is that - Curcumin, which is the pigment responsible for the yellow-orange color of turmeric, is believed to be the main component responsible for its medicinal value.
The properties of Curcumin include neuroprotection and means that it can help in boosting your mood as well as reduce or eliminate depression.
5. Sweet Potato
I have already mentioned above that vitamin B6 helps in soothing our nervous systems; perhaps what I didn't mention is that this also helps in mood improvement.
Well, the same vitamin B6 can be found in Sweet potato in very high proportion. It is however worthy of note that, eating sweet potatoes in their baked form with a little addition of grass-fed butter is preferable to eating them in candied versions. Other natural recipes are also a good way of consuming them.
Read what they have to say concerning fruits and veggies.
"I always have healthy snacks like fruit and vegetables with me." Said Jennifer Lopez.
Tiffani Thiessen is another celeb who does not joke with her veggies. Rarely does a day goes by without her taking one or all of these - avocado toast, salad, and oven-roasted tomatoes. “I try to use a balance of the 80/20 percent, i.e., 80 percent of the time I’m eating very well, and 20 percent of the time I’m a little more adventurous”, she says.
You too can be like them, just make sure to include fruits and veggies to each of your daily meal, and your chances of staying healthy and happy will be greatly enhanced.
See a couple of delicious vegetarian recipes for main courses, soups and salads
from Wai Lana in the links below:
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