Bad singer? There's a DRUG for that: Brain-altering compound could help cure tone deafness. Researchers wanted to test the effect mood-stabilising drugs had on the brain’s ability to learn. They gave 11 males the drug valproic acid (VPA) and 12 received a placebo. All participants were trained to identify musical pitches before being tested. In tests, those who took VPA scored much higher than the placebo group.
Certain flavors in berries have a chemical similarity to valproic acid, which is a prescription mood-stabilizing drug, according to research conducted by Torrey Pines Institute for Molecular Studies. The flavonoid anthocyanidin found in berries also reduces inflammation, which has been associated with increased rates of depression. For recipes starring berries, try 18 Totally Creative Strawberry Desserts.