Fruits & Veggies That Boost Your Mood

“Eat your fruits and vegetables.” You heard it from mom the whole time you were growing up. They’ll make you strong and healthy, she said. Well, she was right… But, up to eight servings of fruits and veggies will do a whole lot more than keep the doctor a way.

That’s because new research shows healthy foods can actually tip your mood meter in a positive direction.

We’ve known for a while that the ‘physical’ rewards of a healthy diet, like protecting against some forms of cancer, come later in life. Now, a new study finds that the positive psychological benefits show up within 24 months! Basically, participants reported feeling happier when they ate healthier. 8 servings a day translated to greater life satisfaction.

Scientists believe it has something to do with a compound in colorful fruits and veggies called carotenoids that act like antioxidants in the blood. More studies need to be done…but if staving off cancer doesn’t make you take a few more bites of broccoli, maybe feeling upbeat will.

Related: 5 Foods that Are Stressing You Out

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Dr. Jennifer Miranda

Dr. Jennifer Miranda is a board certified Internal Medicine physician who believes that doctors should make a difference in the quality of people’s lives. To this end, she founded Pure Executive Health & Wellness, a comprehensive medical practice centered around the importance of the patient-physician relationship in achieving total body wellness.

Dr. Miranda is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Harvard University where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree. While at Harvard, she was a four-time recipient of the annual John Harvard Scholarship for academic achievement of highest distinction, and she was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, the prestigious collegiate national honor society. She then attended the University of Miami School of Medicine where she graduated with selection into Alpha Omega Alpha, which is the highest honor someone can obtain during their medical education. Her exceptional skills as a resident led to her selection as Intern of the Year and later as Chief Medical Resident at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital. She also has extensive knowledge in the field of Functional Medicine, and has recently completed a 2 year comprehensive program at the University of Miami.