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Published June 14th 2013
A Few Nuts A Day Keep The Cobwebs Away
Winter had definitely set in. Cold bleak days for the next three months is something that most of us dread and for some of us we feel blue and depressed. Cheer up. Help is at hand with these delectable nuts and seeds that we can munch and possibly use to boost our moods
According to Dr Funke Oshifuye, one of the benefits of cashews is its ability to help in depression, boost the moods and stabilize thoughts. Cashews are high in magnesium, which can open up the blood vessels in your body, including those in your brain.
Also widely used in recipes, cashews' sweetness and texture add flavor to a wide array of dishes. Although they are high in calories (100 g is equivalent to 553 calories) they are packed with soluble fibre,minerals, vitamins, and numerous phyto-chemicals which are important amino acids that the brain converts to serotonin, the important brain chemical that controls your moods, your appetite, and also helps protect you from diseases and possibly cancer. A large handful of these tasty nuts also provides one to two thousand milligrams of amino acid tryptophan which produces the feeling of being mellow. It has been said it that works equally or better than antidepressants, specifically Prozac.
Brazil nuts are one of the best sources of the mineral selenium which is a non-metallic element that occurs in gray crystalline form, as a black glassy material or as a red powder.
In a recent study it was shown that people who have low selenium levels suffer from anxiety, depression, irritability and tiredness, so eating a few brazil nuts a week might help to improve these low moods. As Brazil nuts contain very high components of selenium, it can also help if you have a testosterone deficiency.
Walnuts had been dubbed as "brain food." Rebecca Wood, the author of New Foods Encyclopedia, pointed out that the humble nut looks like the human brain. Before the walnuts are marketed the thin green husk is removed and is likened to the scalp. The walnut's hard shell looks like a skull. Walnuts are made up of 15 to 20 percent protein, contain Omega 6 fatty acids, Omega 3 fatty acids, vitamin E and B6 linoleic which are an excellent source of nourishment for our nervous system.
According to Readers Digest, if we don't consume enough Omega 3 rich foods, it might lead to depression. Walnuts can influence the brain chemical serotonin, which controls mood, which means by consuming walnuts we might be able to relieve the symptom of insomnia, depression, overeating and other compulsive disorder without the dangerous side effects of anti-depressant drugs.
But the editors of Bottom Line Health point out that the effectiveness of walnuts and any other nuts will depend on the severity of your mental disorder. They should not be a substitute for the care of a medical specialist. Changes in your diet may give some relief with the combination of antidepressants or therapy.
Walnuts can be eaten raw and pressed walnut oil can be used for cooking. They're a great healthy snack or you can add them to your favorite salad. Therefore, the same walnuts that you can find in the baking aisle of just about any grocery store may be able to boost your mood and encourage healthiness along the way
Lentils are a complex carbohydrate high in folate. Lacking folate had been linked to depression and mania. Lentils have the benefit of helping to increase the brain's production of the feel-good neurotransmitter serotonin, resulting in a calm and happy state of mind therefore lessening anxiety. They may also help in boosting your iron level, thus giving you more energy.
Flax seeds contain emotion-boosting Omega-3 fatty acids that can assist in lowering you blood pressure and the risk of stroke. They can be found in the form of flaxseed oil or flaxseed. They fight arthritis, heart disease, stomach disorders, diabetes and mental problems. According to The Folk Remedy Encyclopedia and the editors of FC&A Medical, flax seed can also protect against cancers of the breast, prostate, and colon.
Peanuts are a popular food that provides protein and fibre. They contain tryptophan, an essential amino acid that should be consumed through your diet. Amino acid assists your brain to create serotonin which helps to stabilise your mood and help you get a good night's sleep.
You can eat them plain or with salt and candy toppings, although you must proceed with caution as consuming a copious amount of salted peanuts can lead to the increase of your blood pressure. Candy toppings are high in calories and some people have severe peanut allergy that can be fatal. It is recommended to first check with your doctor before adding peanuts to your diet.
If peanuts are regularly consumed, the vitamin B-6 found in this nut can alleviate the symptoms of pre-menstrual syndrome boosting the strength of the overall immune system.
Bear in mind that these tasty nuts and seeds are safe and are needed by our body and brains, but these good fats are calorie concentrated, therefore consumed in massive quantities will add inches to you waistline.
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