Saturday, 20 February 2010

Going Bananas

Bananas are fantastic mood foods, satisfying your hunger (and your urge for something sweet) while at the same time supplying lots of nutrients to help your mental wellbeing. These include:

Tryptophan – an amino acid which the body uses to make serotonin, an important chemical which affects mood

Potassium – an important mineral which helps your nerves to function properly, and lowers blood pressure

Magnesium – another important mineral which can help prevent depression and acts as a gentle, natural sedative through its relaxing actions on the body

Vitamin B6 – a vitamin which can help fight depression, memory problems, fatigue and stress.

Fibre – not directly linked to mental health BUT you cant possibly feel good if your bowels arent working properly!

Plus small amounts of lots of other useful vitamins and minerals

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