16 Foods That Are Scientifically Proven To Make You Happier

Everyone knows bananas are full of potassium, but what you may not know is that they also contain tryptophan, a brain chemical that helps to regulate mood, according to Ara DerMarderosian, University of the Sciences. Bananas are also a good source of B vitamin folate, and having low levels of the vitamin has been linked to depression.For recipes starring bananas, try 20 Crazy Twists on Frozen Banana Ice Cream.

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BANANAS

Everyone knows bananas are full of potassium, but what you may not know is that they also contain tryptophan, a brain chemical that helps to regulate mood, according to Ara DerMarderosian, University of the Sciences. Bananas are also a good source of B vitamin folate, and having low levels of the vitamin has been linked to depression.

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It's with good reason quinoa is having a moment right now. A flavanoid found in quinoa, quercetin, has been shown to have anti-depressant effects, according to a 2010 study in the Journal of Neuropharmacology.For a recipe starring quinoa, try Black Quinoa with Avocado, Almonds, and Honey.

QUINOA

It’s with good reason quinoa is having a moment right now. A flavonoid found in quinoa, quercetin, has been shown to have anti-depressant effects, according to a 2010 study in the Journal of Neuropharmacology.

 

Low levels of zinc have been linked to anxiety, according to a study in Nutrition and Metabolic Insights. To keep yourself cool and calm, get your fill of foods rich in zinc, like oysters.For a recipe starring oysters, try Grilled Oysters with Tabasco-Leek Butter.

OYSTERS

Low levels of zinc have been linked to anxiety, according to a study in Nutrition and Metabolic Insights. To keep yourself cool and calm, get your fill of foods rich in zinc, like oysters.

Choc-o-holics, rejoice! Dark chocolate is a good source of antioxidants, but it's also been found to reduce the stress hormone cortisol, according to a study in the Journal of Proteome Research.For a recipe starring dark chocolate, try Dark Chocolate Bark with Roasted Almonds and Seeds.

DARK CHOCOLATE

Choc-o-holics, rejoice! Dark chocolate is a good source of antioxidants, but it’s also been found to reduce the stress hormone cortisol, according to a study in the Journal of Proteome Research.

 

Salmon is chock full of omega-3 fatty acids, which can improve mood and fight depression, according to a study in the journal of Pharmacological Research. (Bonus: Healthy fats keep your hair shiny. And good hair is enough to induce happiness in our book).For a recipes starring salmon, try Thyme-Roasted Salmon.

SALMON

Salmon is chock full of omega-3 fatty acids, which can improve mood and fight depression, according to a study in the journal of Pharmacological Research. (Bonus: Healthy fats keep your hair shiny. And good hair is enough to induce happiness in our book.)

 

It's time to turn up the heat. The yellow spice, most known for its use in East Asian cuisine, contains curcumin, which enhances mood and fights depression, according to ethnobotanist Chris Kilham.For a recipe starring turmeric, try Turmeric Chicken and Rice.

TURMERIC

It’s time to turn up the heat. The yellow spice, most known for its use in East Asian cuisine, contains curcumin, which enhances mood and fights depression, according to ethnobotanist Chris Kilham.

 

A Japanese study found that psychological stress was lower in individuals who drank five or more cups of green tea per day. (But I mean, that's a lot of green tea).For a recipe starring green tea, try Frozen Green Tea Souffles.

GREEN TEA

A Japanese study found that psychological stress was lower in individuals who drank five or more cups of green tea per day. (But I mean, that’s a lot of green tea.)

 

An apple a day really does keep the doctor away. Eating fruits and vegetables, like apples, produces a calming effect, creates more energy, and increases overall happiness, according to the British Journal of Health Psychology.For recipes starring apples, try 11 Swoon-Worthy Ways to Eat a Whole Baked Apple For Dessert.

APPLES

An apple a day really does keep the doctor away. Eating fruits and vegetables, like apples, produces a calming effect, creates more energy, and increases overall happiness, according to the British Journal of Health Psychology.

 

There's a reason why Popeye ate it. Spinach contains folic acid, which alleviates depression and reduces fatigue, according to the Journal of Physiology.For recipes starring spinach, try 12 Spinach Salad Recipes.

SPINACH

There’s a reason why Popeye ate it. Spinach contains folic acid, which alleviates depression and reduces fatigue, according to the Journal of Physiology.

 

Low levels of vitamin D have been linked to low-mood depression, according to a study from the University of Melbourne, so start sautéing those mushrooms, because they are surprisingly high in vitamin D.For a recipe starring mushrooms, try Stuffed Mushrooms.

MUSHROOMS

Low levels of vitamin D have been linked to low-mood depression, according to a study from the University of Melbourne, so start sautéing those mushrooms, because they are surprisingly high in vitamin D.

 

Don't switch to decaf just yet. Coffee consumption has been linked to lower levels of depression, according to JAMA Internal Medicine.For recipes starring bananas, try 11 Iced Coffee Hacks.

COFFEE

Don’t switch to decaf just yet. Coffee consumption has been linked to lower levels of depression, according to JAMA Internal Medicine.

 

According to a study by the United States Department of Agriculture, low magnesium levels are linked to lower energy. Chomp on magneisum rich foods, like beans, to make sure you don't fizzle out too quickly each day.For a recipe starring beans, try Quick Sautéed Beans and Tomatoes.

BEANS

According to a study by the United States Department of Agriculture, low magnesium levels are linked to lower energy. Chomp on magneisum rich foods, like beans, to make sure you don’t fizzle out too quickly each day.

 

The David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA found that eating walnuts can improve brain function. Contributing factors include walnuts' high antioxidant content, vitamins and minerals, and that they contain a large amount of alpha-linolenic acid, a plant based omega-3. For a recipe starring walnuts, try Honeyed Walnuts.

WALNUTS

The David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA found that eating walnuts can improve brain function. Contributing factors include walnuts’ high antioxidant content, vitamins and minerals, and that they contain a large amount of alpha-linolenic acid, a plant based omega-3.

 

Vitamin C increases collagen production, reducing your chance of a dry, lined face, according to a study by The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. And not worrying about your appearance definitely ups your happy factor.For a recipe starring oranges, try Vanilla Rice Puddings with Glazed Oranges.

ORANGES

Vitamin C increases collagen production, reducing your chance of a dry, lined face, according to a study by The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. And not worrying about your appearance definitely ups your happy factor.

 

Eggs are high in choline, which helps boost memory, according to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. But there's a catch — choline is found in the yolk, so you might want to rethink those egg white omelettes. For recipes starring eggs, try 31 of the Most Delicious Things You Can Do With Eggs.

EGGS

Eggs are high in choline, which helps boost memory, according to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. But there’s a catch — choline is found in the yolk, so you might want to rethink those egg white omelettes.

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