KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — Food City is helping you choose foods that put you in a good mood while honoring Mental Health Awareness Month.

Nicole Pazdziorko, RDN, LDN, Corporate Retail Dietitian, explains that there are many foods that impact brain health.

Here are a few of her recommended foods to improve brain function, and increase serotonin:

  • DHA Omega-3 fatty acids found in fatty fish, walnuts, and flaxseed are essential for brain health. Americans are recommended to consume 8 ounces of oily fish per week.
  • Blueberries – anthocyanins which some studies have linked to decreased risk of developing depression; the link between blueberries and cognitive performance includes attention, memory, and inhibition.
  • Spinach, chard, and other dark leafy greens contain magnesium which can positively impact serotonin levels and boost mood.
  • Zinc is an essential mineral with potential antidepressant effects, found in Oysters Crab, Red meat, and Nuts

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