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Mood Food

From the Afterwords section of Garden Spells in the August 2007 Reader's Digest Select Editions

In Garden Spells, Claire Waverley tries to control people's moods with her culinary creations. Pure fantasy, of course. Or is it? Scientists say that some foods do control our attitudes. For instance, the B vitamins in spinach combats sadness, and the tryptophan in turkey helps you relax. Fish high in omega-3 fatty acids, like wild salmon and herring, really are "brain food," lubricating your nerve connections. The boron in avocados and broccoli keeps you alert. And best of all, chocolate, with its phenylethylamone, is just what the doctor ordered in induce feelings of love and romance.