What goes into the perfect Mood / Hormone Balancing Blend?
- Complete proteins foods not only provide the structural materials for building genes, adequate protein levels help balance blood sugars and therefore lesson the likihood that simple carbohydrates will be consumed excessively and lead to hormonal imbalance.
- Superfoods with “adaptogenic” qualities are particularly helpful in mitigrating stress due to their lower stress hormones cortisol and adrenaline.
- Omega-3 fatty acids appear to affect neurotransmitter pathways in the brain, with low omega-3’s levels often being associated with depression.
- Foods high in Tryptophan (one of the 9 essential amino acids which cannot be manufactured by the body and therefore must come from the diet) is very important in neurological function . In particular it serves as a precursor to serotonin, which is known as the “feel good” or “happiness hormone”. It is also thought to balance sleep and produce a stable mood. A low level of serotonin causes depression, anxiety and premature aging.
- Selenium-rich-foods are believed to help improve mood, with some studies indicating an association between low selenium intakes and poorer moods.
- Foods that contain phenylethylamine (PEA), are renowned for their mood enhancing qualities. Whilst this super-molecule exists naturally in the brain, the only two foods that contains PEA are Cacao and blue-green algae.
The following recipe is simply a guide to help those of you interested in creating your own “Mood Enhancing Superfood Blend”
20-30% Organic Raw Cacao Powder – as mentioned above, Raw Cacao is one of only two foods (blue green algae is the other) which contain phenylethylamine (PEA), which is a mood enhancer.
20-30% Organic Hemp Protein Powder or Sacha Inchi Protein Powder – these two are the “kings” of the “plant-based protein powders” due to being complete protein sources.
10-20% – Organic Maca Powder, Siberian Ginseng or Ashwagandha – of these three, Maca is perhaps best known as a superfood due to it’s renowned endurance enhancing qualities. Like siberian ginseng and ashwagandha though, maca it has also been demonstrated to have powerful adaptogenic qualities, meaning it can down regulate stress hormones in the body.
10-20% – Spirulina, Pumpkin Seed, Almond or Walnut Seed Meal – as mentioned above tryptophan is an important precursor to the manufacture of serotonin which is a chemical messenger believed to act as a mood stabilizer. All of the aforementioned superfoods are rich in tryptophan.
10-20% – Chia Seeds, LSA (Linseed, Sunflower, Almond), Broccoli or Spinach Powder – Each of these foods are high in in the vitally important trace mineral selenium which among many important functions has mood enhancing qualities. Chia Seeds and LSA also provide a rich source of Omega-3 fatty acids which enhance neurotransmitter pathways.
10% Inulin Powder – is a basically a soluble fiber (ours is derived from Chicory Root). Inulin is classed as a fructan. Fructans cannot be digested in the upper GI tract, so travel through undigested until reaching the colon, where it feeds and enhances bifidobacteria residing there. Researchers have in recent years begun to refer to the Gut flora as the “2nd brain” due to their close association with neurological function. It stands to reason then that preserving a healthy gut is important for mental health.
For more details please refer to our How it Works page.