9 Foods to Help Reduce Anxiety

Eating a diet high in vegetables, fruit, legumes, whole grains, and lean protein can be helpful to reduce anxiety.

  1. BRAZIL NUTS | Brazil nuts are high in selenium. Selenium may improve mood by reducing inflammation, which is often at heightened levels when someone has a mood disorder, such as anxiety.
  2. FATTY FISH | Fatty fish, such as salmon, mackerel, sardines, trout, and herring, are high in omega-3. Omega-3 is a fatty acid that has a strong relationship with cognitive function as well as mental health. Fatty fish also contain vitamin D.
  3. EGGS | Egg yolks are another great source of vitamin D. Eggs also contain tryptophan, which is an amino acid that helps create serotonin.
  4. PUMPKIN SEEDS | Pumpkin seeds are an excellent source of potassium, which helps regulate electrolyte balance and manage blood pressure. Potassium-rich foods, like pumpkin seeds, may help reduce symptoms of stress and anxiety.
  5. DARK CHOCOLATE | Experts have long suspected that dark chocolate might help reduce stress and anxiety. Chocolate has a high tryptophan content, which the body uses to turn into mood-enhancing neurotransmitters, such as serotonin in the brain.
  6. TUMERIC | The active ingredient in turmeric is called curcumin. Curcumin may help lower anxiety by reducing inflammation and oxidative stress that often increase in people experiencing mood disorders, such as anxiety and depression.
  7. CHAMOMILE | Many people around the world use chamomile tea as an herbal remedy because of its anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antioxidant, and relaxant properties.
  8. YOGURT | Yogurt contains healthful bacteria, Lactobacillus, and Bifidobacteria. There is emerging evidence that these bacteria and fermented products have positive effects on brain health.
  9. GREEN TEA | Green tea contains an amino acid called theanine, which is receiving increasing scrutiny due to its potential effects on mood disorders. Theanine has anti-anxiety and calming effects and may increase the production of serotonin and dopamine.

Source: Medical News Today