Is it possible to stay cheerful all the time? It’s a great thought, but with “life” happening all around us, it seems rather unlikely.
But what if you knew there was something out there that fights off the doldrums and is a practical way to stay cheerful?
There is. It’s called anandamide.
What is Anandamide?
Anandamide is a natural chemical molecule that keeps you in a state of bliss. (The word "ananda" means joy/bliss in Sanskrit.) It’s a brain chemical and pleasure molecule that handles the "feel-good" factor and keeps you motivated and excited, plus lowers the risk of depression. The runner's "high" you feel after exercise is due to a boost of anandamide in your body.
What does anandamide do?
Anandamide is an endocannabinoid compound your body makes on its own. It binds to the cannabinoid receptors located in the brain and other places in the body.
Anandamide benefits you in the following ways:
- Maintains internal balance: Anandamide plays a role in maintaining the homeostasis of endocrine organs. It regulates the secretion of hormones related to reproductive function and stress response.
- Lowers the risk of depression: Optimal levels of anandamide help lower depression. Research reveals that inadequate levels lead to anxiety and depression. Studies also observed that low anandamide levels cause poor ability to cope with stress.
- May have an anticancer effect: Anandamide exerts an anticancer effect on human breast cancer cells. According to researchers, anandamide blocks the proliferation of breast cancer cells. It acts as a potent inhibitor.
How to Boost Anandamide Levels in Your Brain
Here are three simple ways to boost anandamide levels:
Research shows that exercise is a definite booster of anandamide. Cardio workouts such as cycling helps to increase the levels of this bliss molecule.
2. Enjoy raw cacao
Raw cacao is high in anandamide and can be found in delicious superfoods like Cacao Bliss. Enjoying a cup of Cacao Bliss Hot Chocolate is a tasty and convenient way to boost anandamide levels and promote the secretion of serotonin, a chemical that leads to uplifting emotions and happiness.
Raw cacao also has MAO (monoamine oxidase enzyme) inhibitors, which prevent the breakdown of anandamide. So whip up a mug of Cacao Bliss hot chocolate or add it to your baking for a delicious and easy anandamide boost.
3. Follow your passion
Pursuing what you love puts you in a state of sharp focus and performance. Feeling positive about yourself and giving your best gets you into a flow. Once in this state, your brain releases a cascade of "feel-good" neurotransmitters, including dopamine, serotonin, endorphins, and — you guessed it — anandamide.
Researchers are still learning about anandamide, but it’s clear that it is a true mood regulator — its levels influence emotions like anxiety, fear, happiness, and the ability to cope with stress.
No matter your age, it's never too late to begin boosting your anandamide levels. Your bliss awaits you!