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Health Tip: The Food-Mood Connection

Health Tip: The Food-Mood Connection

11/23/11

(HealthDay News) -- What you eat can affect more than your waistline. It can also influence your mood and behavior, experts say.

The American Academy of Family Physicians says these nutrients could help boost your mood:

  • Omega-3 fatty acids, found in salmon, flaxseed, flaxseed oil and walnuts.
  • Tryptophan, found in turkey, soy, red meat and dairy.
  • Magnesium, found in avocados, nuts and green, leafy vegetables.
  • Folic acid, found in fruits and green, leafy vegetables.
  • Vitamin B-12, found in dairy foods, meat, shellfish and fish.

The academy stresses, however, that changes in your diet aren't a sufficient substitute for professional medical treatment in cases of depression and other forms of serious mental illness.

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Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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