How does food help with anxiety? Anxiety is caused in part by an imbalance of neurotransmitters, explains
When it comes to dialing down anxiety, what you don't eat is just as important as what you do, says
Here, 10 foods to add to your meal-prep routine now.
We've all been warned that tryptophan, an amino acid in turkey, can send us into a food coma after a big
This versatile and satiating fish is loaded with omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential for brain health and a well-functioning nervous system. Opt for wild salmon over farmed varieties.
3. Dark chocolate
The antioxidants in dark chocolate trigger the walls of blood vessels to relax, which boosts circulation and lowers blood pressure. Go ahead, make a small chunk of 70 percent (or higher) dark chocolate your new
One possible reason for asparagus's soothing effect: high levels of the B vitamin folate, a shortage of which has been linked to depression. Just 1 cup of cooked asparagus provides nearly 70 percent of the daily recommended intake of folate.
Fermented products such as sauerkraut are considered probiotic foods, and consuming more of them on a regular basis appears to have a mood-boosting effect.
6. Citrus fruits
"Our adrenal glands are the most concentrated storage tissue for vitamin C and they use the nutrient in the regulation of cortisol," says Miller. That might explain why studies show that vitamin C supplementation has been linked to reduced anxiety levels. Add lemons or limes to your tea and brighten yogurt bowls or salads with oranges and grapefruit this winter.
Dark green veggies like broccoli contain magnesium, "a calming mineral that can help with relaxation, as well as with keeping things moving through your digestive system," notes Rhone. Other top sources of magnesium include almonds, sunflower seeds and sesame seeds.
Avocados are packed with monounsaturated fats and antioxidants that help optimize circulation, which contributes to better blood flow to the brain. The fruits also supply 20 different vitamins and minerals, including key nutrients tied to mood, like folate, B6 and potassium.
Like leafy greens, oats contain high levels of soothing minerals like magnesium. Just 1/2 cup of dry oats provides a third of the recommended daily target for magnesium.
10. Chamomile tea
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