New Zealand Woman’s Weekly

Boost your mood NATURALLY


Chocolate is the go-to when we’re feeling down because of the magic of cacao. As cacao is high in antioxidants, it’s protective against free radicals and has been shown to activate a pathway in the brain that may help prevent depression and anxiety. The phytochemicals in cacao synthesise, modulate and activate lots of neurotransmitters involved in mood, cognition and energy. That’s why it helps us feel content!


A medium-chain triglyceride oil, coconut oil easily crosses the blood-brain barrier to provide your brain with an excellent source of energy. Lots of mood disorders are thought to be associated with neuro-inflammation or inflammation in the brain –and coconut oil is anti-inflammatory. It’s also been studied for

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