A brief lesson in chemistry: serotonin is the chemical in our brain that makes us feel good and regulates our mood. Tryptophan is a chemical that our bodies use to produce serotonin, and no other plant is as packed with tryptophan as asparagus. Turkey is also high in tryptophan, but of course turkeys aren’t plants. Not only is asparagus a great source of mood-regulating tryptophan, but it is also abundant with concentrations of folate. Recent studies suggest that low levels of folate can be contributive to depression or mood imbalance.
Fun fact: don’t mix asparagus and chocolate to create a powerful mood booster. It probably works, it would just taste horrible.