Spring is here, but the change of season can often put a strain on your mood. The table, in this period, can be a valuable ally thanks to mood-foods, or those foods, such as Gorgonzola PDO, which can have a positive effect on mental well-being because they are rich in vitamin A, B12, folate, calcium, phosphorus, zinc and, above all, tryptophan.
Tryptophan is an amino acid involved in the synthesis of serotonin, also known as the ‘happy hormone’, and melatonin, which seems to modulate the sleep-wake rhythm. Several studies have shown that the consumption of milk and milk products is associated with better sleep quality and duration, which is why grandmothers used to recommend a glass of warm milk before going to bed. Well, perhaps not everyone knows that a 50 g portion of Gorgonzola PDO provides the body with almost twice as much tryptophan as a 125 ml glass of milk.
It is not, therefore, just a common perception that certain foods can improve the mood, as shown by a research by Unisalute for the Osservatorio Sanità according to which 46% of Italians deem food as a joy. There is a growing body of scientific evidence pointing to the close relationship between nutrients and cognitive function, mood and well-being.
A varied and balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle are important.