foods that boost your mood

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Seeds of Contentment
Of all the ingredients in your granola, pumpkin seeds are probably the most underrated, especially when it comes to their mood-boosting benefits. Packed into each tiny seed are tryptophan (an amino acid that aids in the production of serotonin), iron (an important nutrient for wellness and immunity) and magnesium. That last one is especially interesting: One recent study found that people who regularly got enough magnesium (the RDA for women is 320 milligrams, or about a half-cup of pumpkin seeds) were less likely to be depressed than those students who fell far short of the dietary recommendations.