Women and men need different foods to accommodate very different brains. Dr. Amen and his staff from the Amen Clinic did a study of 46,000 brain scans involving about 26,000 patients. Using a brain imaging test called SPECT (single photon emission computed tomography), they found clear differences between male and female brains.
Women’s brains are more active than men’s brains. Much of this activity is in the region known as the prefrontal cortex, which controls judgment, impulse control, and organization. Women also produce less serotonin than men. Serotonin is the neurotransmitter that makes one less worried and more relaxed, so women are more prone to anxiety and depression.
The best foods for women are those that increase serotonin. When a woman’s serotonin level rises, she naturally experiences less anxiety and is less likely to get upset.
There are four recommended foods that help a woman to increase her serotonin level. Two will be mentioned in this article. The other two will be discussed in part two.
The first recommended food is chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans. Chickpeas will increase the brain’s production of serotonin. Other carbohydrates do the same thing, but chickpeas are better because they’re high in nutrients and fiber, with about 12 grams of fiber per one-cup serving. Fiber slows the body’s absorption of sugars, prevents sharp spikes in insulin, and helps the brain work at optimal levels.
The second recommended food is sweet potatoes. Sweet potatoes are known as a “smart” carbohydrate since it can gradually increase the production of serotonin. Furthermore, this food product is high in vitamin C and does not raise blood sugar/insulin as quickly as white potatoes.