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Your Mood Depends on Your Diet — Which Should Change as You Age

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By    |   Tuesday, 12 Dec 2017 12:46 PM

You probably already know that your mood depends a lot on what you eat, but a new study has found that the types of foods you should eat to improve your mental health change as you age.

Researchers at New York's Binghamton University conducted an anonymous internet survey which included people from around the world. They completed the Food-Mood Questionnaire (FMQ), which includes questions on food groups linked with neurochemistry and neurobiology.

The researchers found that mood in young adults — ages 18 to 29 — appeared to be dependent on foods that increase availability and concentrations of neurotransmitter precursors in the brain — meat.

However, in those over the age of 30, mood appears to depend on a diet that includes more fruits and vegetables rich in antioxidants, and avoids foods that that activate the sympathetic nervous system. Stimulating foods include coffee and those with a high glycemic index. Foods high on the glycemic index include sugar, cookies, soft drinks, and bread.

"One of the major findings of this paper is that diet and dietary practices differentially affect mental health in young adults versus mature adults," said Lina Begdache, assistant professor of health and wellness studies at Binghamton University.

"Another noteworthy finding is that young adult mood appears to be sensitive to build-up of brain chemicals. Regular consumption of meat leads to build-up of two brain chemicals (serotonin and dopamine) known to promote mood.

"Regular exercise leads to a build-up of these and other neurotransmitters as well. In other words, young adults who ate meat (red or white) less than three times a week and exercised less than three times a week showed a significant mental distress."

"Conversely, mature adult mood seems to be more sensitive to regular consumption of sources of antioxidants and abstinence of food that inappropriately activates the innate fight-or-flight response (commonly known as the stress response)," added Begdache.

"With aging, there is an increase in free radical formation (oxidants), so our need for antioxidants increases. Free radicals cause disturbances in the brain, which increases the risk for mental distress. Also, our ability to regulate stress decreases, so if we consume food that activates the stress response (such as coffee and too many carbohydrates), we are more likely to experience mental distress."

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