9 Foods That Help Reduce Anxiety

What you eat is very important for your health and well-being as a whole. The chemicals in food make your body react in ways that change your mood, energy levels, hormones, and sleep.  

Eating dark chocolate may reduce anxiety. Dark chocolate includes antioxidant flavonoids or flavonols. Chocolate's flavonols may improve mood and lessen the incidence of Alzheimer's and stroke (Nehlig, 2013).   

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Dark chocolate

Plants that grow their seeds in pods are called legumes. Black beans, green peas, chickpeas, lentils, navy beans, and peanuts are all legumes.  

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Fermented foods include beneficial probiotics. Probiotic foods help maintain a healthy gut microbiota of beneficial bacteria. Fermented foods include sauerkraut, kimchi, miso, yogurt, and kefir.  

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Fermented food

Fatty fish including salmon, mackerel, tuna, sardines, trout, and herring are high in omega-3s. Omega-3s, including the health-boosting chemicals EPA and DHA, are best found in fatty fish.  

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Fatty fish

Brazil nuts provide minerals, protein, and healthy fats. Both selenium and vitamin E are abundant antioxidants. Both minimize cell damage and inflammation. Selenium may improve mood, reduce anxiety, and lower depression risk, according to Banikazemi (2016).  

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Brazil nut

Eating your veggies is good for your mental health as well as your physical health. There are a lot of minerals, like magnesium, and B vitamins in leafy greens.  

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Leafy green vegetable

The chamomile flower is used to make chamomile tea, which is a herbal drink. People have used this plant tea for a long time because it contains antioxidants and may help with pain and inflammation.  

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Chamomile tea

The presence of the amino acid L-theanine in green tea has been linked to an improvement in mood as well as a reduction in the symptoms of stress and anxiety.  

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Green tea

Turkey includes tryptophan, which the body uses to make serotonin. Neurotransmitters like serotonin alter mood. Research reveals tryptophan-rich meals improve mood, anxiety, and depression (Lindseth, 2014).  

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