healtheo360 Wellness Blog

Supplements and Foods Containing Omega-3 Fatty Acids Found to be Chemically Similar to Mood Elevating Medications

Posted on Aug 22, 2012 12:53:24 PM by healtheo360

While the notion of comfort foods is far from new, recently discovered evidence reveals a correlation of mood-enhancement and certain flavors of food.  These flavors and types of foods all share one thing in common, a chemical semblance to valproic acid, a chemical commonly utilized in commercial mood-stabilizing medication.

Dr. Karina Martinez-Mayorga and her research team recently presented a study at the
244th National Meeting and Exposition of the American Chemical Society, of over 1,700 substances that act as the molecular building-blocks of flavors found in common foods.
Martinez-Mayorga noted that molecules found overwhelmingly in chocolate, blueberries,
raspberries, strawberries, teas, and foods with high omega-3 fatty acid content are clearly linked with elevated moods. More specifically, these foods are molecularly structured in a way that nearly mirrors valproic acid.

Valporic acid is most commonly used to treat and help manage mood-swings in patients
suffering from manic-depressive disorder and is sold under various brand names. The large body of evidence found by Martinez-Mayorga and her team encourages the continued research to locate other mood regulators in food, including foods chemically linked to depression.

Martinez-Mayorga’s study spotlights the need for a broader spectrum of research regarding mood modification, not solely for pharmaceutical reasons, but for a general re-examination of food and beverage industries. While research has recognized the mood and behavior-altering properties of food for years now, Martinez-Mayorga and her team are seeking to pin-point the specific chemical compounds to maintain both cognitive and physical health and delay memory deterioration.

While it is important to always remember that changing one’s diet is never a substitute for prescribed medication, it is a wonderful and way to boost mood and improve general health. Various food supplements such as fish oil provide fantastic ways to boost your intake of omega-3 fatty acids and mirror the beneficial effects of valproic acid.

healtheo360 Wellness Blog

Information & Resources for Patients, Caregivers, Family and Friends

healtheo360 offers you content that is useful, digestible, and easy on the eyes. We update this blog regularly with infographics and artilces covering topics that matter to our community members. So read on, enjoy, and share!

Subscribe to Email Updates

Recent Posts

Posts by Topic

see all