Chemical Similarity Between Food Flavors and Prescription Mood Stabilizer

American Chemical Society

For more details, see the American Chemical Society’s press release

New research, screening the chemical structures of over 1,700 flavor ingredients, reveals a significant similarity between some natural food flavors and valproic acid – a prescription mood stabilizing drug. The study, presented by┬áKarina Martinez-Mayorga, Ph.D., at the 244th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society, supports previous evidence showing that what you eat affects how you feel (see: Omega-3 Deficiencies and Mood Disorders). As Martinez-Mayorga notes,

“The large body of evidence that chemicals in chocolate, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, teas and certain foods could well be mood-enhancers encourages the search for other mood modulators in food.”

Hoping to identify the chemical compounds in foods that moderate mood and maintain cognitive health, Martinez-Mayorga says her team’s next step is to begin testing their flavor/mood hypothesis experimentally. The end result, she explains, could be┬ádietary recommendations or new nutritional supplements with beneficial mood effects.

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