Plus other foods proven to boost your mood.
Happiness is just a spoonful away.
The vibrant spice turmeric, found in your favorite Indian food, can reportedly boost your mood, according to results of a study conducted by UCLA researchers.
The study, published in The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, followed a group of 40 adults between the ages of 50 and 90 for 18 months. A select few were given a daily supplement of curcumin, which gives turmeric its bright yellow color. Those who took it every day reported a better mood and improved memory.
Research suggests that turmeric contains anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties and has an ability to reduce brain inflammation, which has been linked to major depression and Alzheimer’s disease, according to the study’s author, Dr. Gary Small, director of geriatric psychiatry at UCLA’s Longevity Center.
Turmeric is just the latest ingredient scientifically proven to promote happiness. “Diverse plant foods are also linked to lower to lower risk of depression. So berries, beans, lentils and dark leafy greens are a real powerhouse food for mood.