The Latest Health-Food Trend Promises Serious Mood-Boosting Benefits
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This new health-food trend is going to make you so happy—quite literally. Foods and beverages laced with mood-boosting ingredients are on the rise, and they’re as tasty as they are good for you. Here, a few of our favorites, plus how they can help you feel happier and healthier.
Why it's great: This is the most researched adaptogenic herb. One of its main benefits is that it can help your body better deal with stress. It's also said to help lower cortisol levels and reduce anxiety.
Find it in: Pearl Butter Glow-Getter, a coconut butter that contains a potent blend of ashwagandha, plus turmeric and black pepper (more on those in a moment). Drizzle this tasty concoction over toast, or toss some in your morning smoothie. (*Pours over entire life.*)
Why it's great: A compound in turmeric called curcumin has been linked to improved mood, according to a recent UCLA study. Pair it with black pepper for best results. Black pepper increases turmeric's bioavailability (which means your body is able to absorb more of it). Turmeric is also a potent anti-inflammatory.
Find it in: Further Foods Daily Turmeric Tonic, a blend of turmeric, cinnamon, black pepper and adaptogens, makes whipping up homemade golden milk oh so easy. Ancient Nutrition by Dr. Axe has a version of its Organic Bone Broth Protein powder that's enhanced with turmeric.
Why it's great: Rose has been found to have a variety of neurological benefits, including helping with anxiety and depression. It's also high in antioxidants and has skin-improving properties.
Find it in: Dirty Lemon's +rose, the wellness brand's latest launch, features rose water and rose extract that promise a variety of health and beauty benefits. Simples Tonics also makes a millennial-pink-hued water boosted with rose.
Why it's great: CBD, a non-psychoactive compound found in hemp, boasts some serious mood-boosting properties. It's been shown to help reduce anxiety, and can help regulate your mood. Read more about the benefits of CBD here.
Find it in: Not Pot, heart-shaped chocolates infused with CBD and ashwagandha, come in a container that's made to be Instagrammed. Plus, supplementing with chocolate (versus swallowing a pill) is so much more fun.