By Mark Briant
With summer fading some of you might be feeling a little down in the dumps especially with this current London weather, this is perfectly normal. But fear not, I'm here to give you a load of foods to boost yo' mood. Specifically Serotonin rich foods. Time to get nerdy briefly...
Serotonin is a chemical messenger that's known to help regulate your mood, keep you feeling perky, as well as helping you to get a good night's sleep. Serotonin is made from tryptophan (an amino acid) via something else called Niacin. And that's where we'll leave the science for now.
The issue can arise when we don't have enough tryptophan-rich foods in our diet to keep us topped up and keep our moods balanced. You all know that feeling when you wake up and you're just in a bit of a funk and think to yourself "You know what I need? I need some tryptophan", No? Just me then.
Anyway here are my top serotonin rich foods to boost your mood this October:
- EGGS - Scrambled, fried, poached, boiled, omlettes, fertilised, however you like them eggs, in particular the yolks are packed full of tryptophan as well as choline which basically makes our brains grow!
- PINEAPPLE - Keep some memories of summer rolling on with a pineapple upside down cake or fresh slices on top of your porridge.
- SALMON - Rich in healthy fats as well as tryptophan you could have your classic smoked salmon on eggs or combine with a classic carbonara sauce for a comforting dinner.
- NUTS - Nuts are a great snack whilst your tapping away at the computer (like I'm doing right now), they're full of healthy fats & protein and you guessed it tryptophan. The biggest hitters being cashews, pistachios & almonds. Toast them on a baking tray for 10 mins at Gas Mark 5, delish!
- CHEESE - Good news is all your favourite cheeses also score highly on your new favourite scale, the Tryptophan scale. Parmesan, Cheddar, Mozzarella are all good sources, so think mac & cheese, cheese and wine board or just a nibble of each?
What can I say I'm a Trypto-FAN!