Nutrients to lift your morale!
Winter is frequently accompanied by a transient mood disorders: lack of sun, burnout, overwork, etc. All of these inconveniences can cause winter blues. Fortunately, a number of nutrients are available to boost morale and put a smile back on your face.
Magnesium is essential for many of the body's functions, contributing in particular to normal nervous system function. It can be found in cereals, nuts such as walnuts, almonds and hazelnuts, vegetables and dried fruit. It should however be noted that many mineral waters contain large amounts of magnesium.
Omega 3 fatty acids
The brain consists mainly of DHA (docosahexaenoic acid). These fatty acids are members of the Omega 3 family and, consequently, the brain requires a significant supply of these latter. Omega 3 fatty acids participate in nervous system development, particularly in the foetus, during pregnancy. The adult brain, however, still requires these essential elements.
These fatty acids are found in some fish and seafood, but their best sources remain oily fish: salmon, sardine, mackerel, eel and herring. They can also be found in vegetable oils: rapeseed oil, walnut oil, linseed oil, or wheat germ oil.
B complex vitamins
Finally, B complex vitamins are involved in many of the body's biochemical reactions, particularly in the nervous system and in the maintenance of emotional well-being. Vitamins B1, B2 and B9 are thus involved in correct nervous function.
What you should know
Magnesium, Omega 3 fatty acids and B complex vitamins are available in food supplements, if your diet does not provide sufficient amounts. In particular, you can take courses during season changes.