Certain foods may have antidepressant-like qualities

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Certain foods may have antidepressant-like qualities

August 20, 2012 Updated Aug 20, 2012 at 10:22 AM CDT

SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- The flavor of some foods might help boost your mood.

Other studies have established that comfort foods like chocolate, strawberries, and food with omega-3 fatty acids can have positive effects on mood.

Now, researchers say the effect may be in the flavors of such foods, which are chemically similar to valproic acid. That acid is prescribed as a mood-stabilizing drug.

Tea, raspberries, and blueberries may also have this effect.

Researchers screened the chemical structures of more than 1,700 food flavor ingredients for similarities to approved antidepressants, marketed drugs and agents with reported antidepressant activity.

This study was led by researchers at the Torrey Pines Institute for Molecular Studies and is scheduled for presentation at a meeting of the American Chemical Society

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