But certain scoops are more than just comforting. Here's what the different flavors of ice cream can do for you:
- First, if you're feeling blue, feel better with mango sherbet. Researchers at Oxford University found that mangos boost the level of the feel-good brain chemical, serotonin.
- Then, if you can't get anything done, nosh on blueberry ice cream. Blueberries trigger the growth of new nerve cells in the part of the brain responsible for motor skills, memory and learning. The result? Your brain and body will work faster, and you'll remember more.
- Another way to power past your challenges with frozen desserts is--Conquer your food cravings with lemon sorbet. Dutch researchers found that acids in the rind and juice of lemons and other citrus fruits work as an appetite suppressant. In one study, volunteers ate 30 percent fewer calories when they added citrus to their diet.
- And finally, if you're feeling sluggish and tired, boost your energy with peppermint ice cream. Peppermint boosts your wake-up chemicals, and keeps you alert, energized and motivated.