We are all entitled to feel a little grumpy now and then, but before you decide to lock yourself away from the world for the rest of the day, try feasting on one of your favorite crustaceans!
According to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, consuming a delectable dinner of crab claws will raise your dopamine levels. Dopamine is a hormone produced in your body that also works as a neurotransmitter affecting the reward system of your brain which helps determine your mood. This hormone is released naturally when you expect to be rewarded, for example when you see the finish line at the end of a race, but you don’t have to wait until you’re in that situation to have a similar experience. Eating certain foods like shellfish, especially crab claws and shrimp that contain an essential amino acid responsible for creating dopamine, can trigger the same feeling of motivation.
Rich in Omega-3 Fatty Acid
Omega-3 is a fatty acid that your body needs, but doesn’t produce on its own. The polyunsaturated fat is used to prevent blood clots, reduce inflammation, improve circulation, build cell membranes in the brain, and may lower your risk of heart disease, arthritis, and cancer. An omega 3 deficiency can lead to several physical ailments as well as mood swings and anxiety. The American Heart Association recommends eating two servings of a food high in omega-3 fatty acids each week. These crazy crustaceans contain between 0.27 to 0.40 grams of omega-3 per 3 ounce serving.
High in Vitamin B 12
All the varieties of vitamin B are important to your health, but vitamin B 12 helps to create neurotransmitters in the brain that affect your mood. This particular vitamin has been linked to reducing feelings of anxiety and depression when consumed and absorbed properly in your body. Broccoli and other leafy greens aren’t the only foods with a high amount of this valuable nutrient. Those sweet, succulent, legs you love contain over 200 percent of the recommended daily dose of vitamin B 12.
Like most of us, you have probably experienced a sugar crash at least once. It leaves you feeling tired and unable to focus well. Sometimes a sugar crash occurs when you haven’t had time to eat or the sugar rush from that chocolate bar you ate earlier has come and gone. Although it is very important to eat regular meals, what you put into your body is just as important. Protein works to stabilize blood sugar which directly impacts your mood. There is roughly 16 to 18 grams of protein in 3 ounces of crabmeat. Low in saturated fat, these delicious sea creatures are an excellent source of protein without the guilt.
Similar to dopamine, serotonin is a neurotransmitter, but more than 80 percent of the serotonin the body produces is in your gut. Everything from memory to appetite, sleep, and your mood are affected by it. Serotonin is the emotional regulator and if you don’t have enough of it, you can become aggressive and irritable for long periods of time. Eating foods that help your body create and maintain the necessary levels are essential to your mental health and wellbeing. Lucky for you, the irresistible decapod is superb at revving up serotonin! So dive in and make yourself happy!