Food has been proven to affect mood or mood. But the mechanism is different in young people and parents.
Binghamton University researchers at the State University of New York found that consumption of certain foods affects the mental health of parents and young people differently.
The study, published in Nutritional Neuroscience, UK, asks people about their diet and mood, targeting neurochemistry-related items and neurobiology. The result, young people aged 18-29 years feel better if eating meat.
Meanwhile, after the age of 30 years, antioxidants proved more powerful for mental health. Avoiding substances such as coffee and foods with high glycemic index (such as bread and sweets), turned out to have a more negative impact on mood. This is very important for someone aged 30 years and over.
According to Harvard Medical School, America, foods with a high glycemic index increase blood sugar levels and have lower nutritional value.
The researchers believe these results are strong evidence that diet needs to be adjusted for age. They also noted that adults (young people) are sensitive to the development of brain chemicals such as serotonin and dopamine.
Previous studies have shown those who face depression have lower serotonin levels, as revealed in a study at the National Institutes of Health. Meanwhile, young mood changes suddenly turn out to be reduced when they eat a lot of meat.
This is in line with research authors who believe meat consumption is able to increase levels of serotonin and dopamine. The researchers added, plus regular exercise at least 3 times a week can help teens reduce stress.
For parents should eat a lot of antioxidants. Consume fruits such as berries. “At the aging stage, there is an increase in the formation of free radicals (oxidants), so the need for antioxidants increases,” said study author Lina Begdache, molecular biologist and nutritionist.