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Some Foods Contain Mood-Enhancing Ingredients Similar To Antidepressant Drugs

August 16, 2012: 12:00 AM EST
Some food flavors may have mood-enhancing effects because of ingredients whose chemical composition is similar to valproic acid, a widely used prescription mood-stabilizing drug, U.S. scientists report. Molecules in chocolate, a variety of berries and foods containing omega-3 fatty acids have shown positive effects on mood. Valproic acid – sold under brand names such as Depakene, Depakote and Stavzor – is used to smooth out mood swings of people with manic-depressive disorder and related conditions.
Karina Martinez-Mayorga et al., "Good Mood Foods: Some Flavors in Some Foods Resemble a Prescription Mood Stabilizer", News release, presentation at the National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, August 16, 2012, © American Chemical Society
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