Ever wonder why eating rich dark chocolate and juicy berries puts a smile on your face? It’s not only because they’re delicious; they may actually contain natural mood-enhancing molecules.
New research reveals that some popular flavours are structurally similar to valproic acid, a common ingredient in mood-stabilizing drugs.
Bottom line: Load up on nature’s happiness foods like berries, omega-3-rich foods and , of course, dark chocolate.
~Source: Chatelaine Magazine.
A great excuse to ‘eat chocolate’! Who doesn’t like chocolate? I do prefer a good, quality dark chocolate. What kind do you like? I have heard Dr. Oz say that 1 oz. of dark chocolate, 70 per cent cocoa to be eaten daily is good for us. There you go! It sounds good to me. ha ha. Enjoy your chocolate.
The cutest “Lion” I have ever seen. My Grand-Son, A.J. a few years ago. He wasn’t quite sure what to think of it all while out for Halloween.
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Who says you can’t enjoy fresh blueberries before the summer months? Or that you have to put cranberries away after turkey season? I enjoy blueberries all year round and especially when they are good for memory as we age. Why not eat them?
A pack of blueberries from a organic farm co-op program. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Squeezing more berries into your diet (think homemade cranberry sauce, blueberry breakfast smoothies and no-sugar added blackberry jam) will help keep you sleek and slim.
Berries are loaded with anthocyanins, phytonutrients that are believed to aid with muscle repair and may reduce muscle fatigue, too-a recent study found desk-bound people who ate black currants had less shoulder stiffness.
Cranberry Sauce 009 (Photo credit: MGF/Lady Disdain)
As a rule, the darker the berry, the more potent the anthocyanins. And in the hierarchy of healthy fruits, cranberries, blueberries and raspberries reign supreme, with some of the highest levels around.
1. Blueberries are packed with antioxidant power. The resveratrol found in blueberries may help prevent macular degeneration, a disease of the retina and the leading cause of blindness in people older than 65, according to vision researchers at Washington University School of medicine in St. Louis.