The feel-good diet: 7 foods to boost your mood

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In addition to being a boon for heart health, brain function and cancer prevention, some studies show that omega-3's can help with depression. Some steer ... more 
Photo by: Photo credit: Getty Images
Walnuts-
In addition to being a boon for heart health, brain function and cancer prevention, some studies show that omega-3's can help with depression. Some steer clear of nuts because of their caloric punch, but a little goes a long way: just a handful can stave off the afternoon munchies. Other sources: flaxseeds, wild salmon, wheat germ, herbs (basil, tarragon, mint), Chinese broccoli, oysters less 
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Thu, Oct 6, 2011 3:20 PM EDT

Can food boost your mood? The answer is a resounding yes. We're not talking instant smiles or a cure for depression, but more and more research shows that what you eat affects how you feel (which anyone who has rolled onto the couch in misery after a burrito dinner already knew). More specifically, your diet can alter your metabolism and brain chemistry, ultimately affecting your energy level and mood. New research indicates processed food can lead to depression, adding even more evidence to the case for whole foods. Here are some ideas on what to add to your diet for more feel good, taste great potential.