How Ambrosia Apples can Help Make You Less Grumpy
We don’t want to bring you down but as the days get shorter and we see less of the sun, it can affect our mood. According to the Canadian Mental Health Association up to 18% of Canadians experience some form of negative mood shift in the winter months.
The good news is that for many, there are simple solutions to help tackle those grumpy feelings.
Light therapy is one option. This involves a special light that helps to replace those missing hours of daylight. Research found that up to 80% of those suffering from seasonal affective disorder experienced an improved mood from just a half-hour a day of light therapy.
The other key ways to combat those winter blues are with good sleep habits, socializing, regular exercise, and a healthy diet. In fact, there’s a growing body of research that directly links food to happiness.
There are certain foods that have been found to be particularly helpful in boosting your mood, including apples.
Apples like Ambrosia contain quercetin which is an antioxidant that specifically feeds neurotransmitters in the brain. That’s a good thing because it helps us feel happier!
If stress and anxiety is behind your grumpiness, then Ambrosia apples may help there too. Apples are a source of Vitamin B, magnesium and antioxidants – all of which may help decrease feelings of stress. In addition, Vitamin C, which is also found in Ambrosia apples, helps to remove cortisol (the stress hormone) from the body.
If your grumpiness comes and goes, it might be your blood sugar that’s to blame. Ambrosia apples contain pectin (a form of soluble fibre) which helps to moderate how quickly the body processes food and may lower cholesterol. This means that we don’t feel a spike in energy followed by a drop off in energy. Ambrosia apples offer a sustained energy which in turn, helps to moderate mood.
Plus, studies have shown that beautiful things can evoke happiness. Other studies have found that there is a positive response in the brain when you eat something crunchy. In our humble opinion, Ambrosia apples are one of the prettiest out there, and biting into a crispy Ambrosia always puts a smile on our face.
There are so many health benefits to eating Ambrosia apples – helping you to feel less grumpy is just one of them. So, crunch into an Ambrosia apple and give grumpiness the boot.