Top 6 Foods for Improving Mental Health



Top 6 food to improve mental health


There is an increasingly exciting link of mental health with nutrition that is currently surfacing in the scientific world. While many suggest that the gut bacteria and the nutrients they make and uptake have a significant role in improving mental health, many also recognize how different foods can either directly or indirectly affect our mental health. Here are some of the top foods that are helpful for increasing mental health in humans:






  1. Bananas

Rich in endorphin and other feel-good neurotransmitters, bananas work well to decrease the mood swings induced often in the morning or general dysthymia. Another way this wonderful fruit can help alleviate the occurrence of bad moods is by helping in revitalizing good gut health. The soluble fibre in the banana is known to optimize the gut motility and improve the overall movement of the digested food to relieve constipation. As a result, the gut bacteria is in its best state, ready to produce all the important vitamins known to improve the mental functioning of an individual. If you are feeling low, don't forget to eat a banana, keep on reading to find the effects of other foods on mood swings.


  1. Milk

Milk is complete nutrition for all young children as well as infants for a number of reasons. The growth hormones naturally found in the milk for dairy, and are known to improve the growth principle in children who are given milk in their diet. The oxytocin hormone, in this regard, becomes highly suitable for aiding in feeling better against mood swings, dysthymia, and depression. Whenever you are feeling in a low mood, the best thing you can do is to take a fresh and chilled carton of milk from any vending machine.

  1. Berries

Berries are known to be the powerhouses of antioxidants. Antioxidants are highly important for reducing inflammation in your brain that causes it to have different mental health disorders. Common problems people might acquire include brain fog, memory loss, and mild symptoms of anxiety and depression. Berries are, therefore, beneficial for playing a preventive role against a number of illnesses of the mind and so must be included as a part of a routine diet – strawberries, blueberries, and whatnot – all berries are highly recommended for a healthy brain.

  1. Walnuts

Walnuts are rich in magnesium that is known to prevent a number of neurological disorders by appreciating the build of neuronal lipids in the pathway. Parkinson’s disease, Dementia, and others are pretty much prevented through the help of walnuts. Moreover, eating walnuts will provide you with HDL cholesterol that will prevent the occurrence of cerebral haemorrhage and stroke. What you get is a much healthier brain with a minimum risk of falling prey to diseases, such as the ones just mentioned here.

  1. Fish

Seafood, especially fish – fatty fish – is known to be among the most celebrated foods around the world – and just not that, its fame in the world of health and fitness is equally in the spotlight if not more. Fish contains a lot of healthy omega-three fatty acids as essential compounds that aid in the development of a healthy brain – the compound called EPA and DHA, have a big role to play in providing nutritional support to the brain, getting the most of the removal of inflammation going on in the brain possible. This way, you get to have mental health much protected from the dire consequences of avoidable processes such as inflammation.

  1. Wheat

Whole wheat products are specifically important for a healthy brain. This is because the whole wheat germ is loaded with vitamin B6 that is quite significant in improving mental health functions. If you want to protect yourself from feelings of anxiety, frustration, and stress, combining foods containing vitamin B6 in them can be a positive answer in this regard. It is, therefore, recommended to include cereals in your diet that are made from whole grains as they are loaded with vitamin B6 and other B vitamins. What’s more, the high dietary fibre that comes with consuming this product in your daily routine will help the gut bacteria to flourish and produce healthy vitamins for you in the body.

Final Words

The diet has an important role to play in determining a healthy brain. Be it symptoms of depression, anxiety, and stress, or be it something related to memory loss or difficulty in concentrating, the way your body responds to these changes is one thing you need to understand. Getting a diet that truly syncs with mental health is one way how you can actually pick the right foods for your brain. However, these are some basic food items I have stated here to give you a basic idea of how to buy some mental health positive foods for you and your loved ones.

Do you feel any benefits when you eat this food?






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  1. Cheap cheerful and plentiful - they taste great too although im not keen on walnuts

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  2. Just got back from Lidl..
    Could'nt make my usual day, yesterday, Sunday,
    so, popped in to~day, always buy five bananas,
    milk, mixed nuts, dried berries, and to~day
    couple packs of pumpkin seeds, which are very
    good for...
    High in Antioxidants...
    Linked to a Reduced Risk of Certain Cancers...
    Improve Prostate and Bladder Health...
    Very High in Magnesium...
    May Improve Heart Health...
    Can Lower Blood Sugar Levels...
    High in Fiber...

    Love fish to..oily fish is the best thing
    to eat to..
    Since a kid l've eaten a lot of game, and still
    do..all fat free..!
    So..Yeah! I watch what l eat, and never over do
    it..!
    After all as they say.."You are what you eat"...! :)

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  3. Katie Jaques18/11/20 13:26

    I think bananas and berries make me feel happy knowing that I've eaten something healthy!

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  4. Think Banana's give me more energy and help me become more active with helps me mentally.

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  5. Some really useful information here, I know what to add to my shopping list now!

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  6. Although in a general sense we all know the effects of low blood sugar on thinking I used to be skeptical about the effects of what we eat on the ability to think. I am to a certain extent dyslexic and volunteered for a study in our local university psychology dept. At the beginning of the study one side of my brain was measured to be quicker the other, but after a course of Omega 3 oils the two sides were much more the same. I was surprised at that result be wonder how many other foods might ave an effect.

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