Giuseppe Arcimboldo, l'Eté, 1563

20 Food Items For Good Mood

Written by Klarakowski on . Posted in Health

Translated by Rédacteur

"Tell me what you eat, I'll tell you who you are." It is well known. How about "Tell me what you eat and I will tell you how you feel" ? If it is obvious that the way we eat influences our health, it also plays a role in regulating our emotions.


Thus, some types of food contribute positively to our mood. This is partly due to serotonin, called ''happiness hormone''. Known since antiquity, the natural properties of food are recommended by the Hippocratic medicine. "Let your food be your only medicine," he said.

Small info on serotonin: it is a messenger of the central nervous system which is involved in several physiological functions such as sleep, aggressiveness, behavior towards nutrition and sexuality as well as depression. Neurons responsible for the production of serotonin are serotonergic neurons. The decrease in activity of these neurons would be associated with depression, including suicidal depression.

Serotonin is a molecule formed of:

10 carbon atoms (in black) are combined in several rings represented in blue

12 hydrogen atoms (white) on the image.

2 nitrogen atoms (blue) and one oxygen atom (red)

                  The cell bodies of serotoninergic neurons are combined into several rings represented in blue on the image.

Do not panic though, whether your morale is low or if you want to keep your mood on the up every day, here is a list of nutraceuticals or functional foods that help fight against stress:

Conversely: foods that contain trans fats, reduce serotonin levels. This is the case fries, chips, hamburgers, breaded foods, mayonnaise, sweets and industrial pastries and fried foods in general.

Note: All B vitamins help to increase the level of serotonin in the brain.

So, bon appétit !


Sources : Le cerveau à tous les niveaux,,, Femme d'aujourd'hui.