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7 Superfoods to Relieve Anxiety

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superfoods to relieve anxietyCan you eat your way to a calmer self? Yes, you can. After all, we are what we eat, including our brains from where everything else is controlled. One of the triggers of anxiety and depression is deficiency in certain vitamins and minerals. In this post, we shall look at 7 foods to relieve anxiety.

Although elevated levels of or prolonged anxiety may necessitate professional help, there are various things you can do to prevent these from spiraling out of control. Certain superfoods can be part of the treatment of anxiety.

Here are 7 superfoods that may help relieve anxiety:

1. Teas

There are virtually countless types of tea out there, now that “tea” is being made from virtually any herb or spice. But here we are talking about the good old to the aromatic beverage from the leaves of the “original” tea shrub. Tea is a is a superfood that is inexpensive, calorie free, and tastes good.

Black tea may help lower cortisol, the body’s stress hormone. Black tea also contains the amino acid L-theanine (or just theanine), which may induce a calming effect over the body.

Though more costly than black tea, green tea is a superfood that is extremely good for you and recommended for the vast array of health benefits it offers including boosting brain function. Green tea is said to be more powerful than black tea. Like black tea, green too contains L-theanine which may promote relaxation.

People use theanine for treating anxiety and high blood pressure, for preventing Alzheimer’s disease, and for making cancer drugs more effective. (WebMD)

2. Blueberries

As a superfood, blueberries need no introduction as it is among the most popular out there. It is tasty and packed with vitamins and minerals, as well as dietary fiber. Blueberries boost serotonin which may help with anxiety and depression. The antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals in blueberries may also help fight anxiety.

Blueberries can be eaten fresh as fruit, or added to salad, fruit juices, or smoothies. Blueberry supplements or blends are also available.

3. Almonds

Many nuts and seeds have a wide range of nutrients, thus qualifying them superfood. However, almonds are especially good for anxiety and panic attacks, as they contain zinc as well as other vitamins and minerals that may support mood-balancing.

Now, don’t be tempted to buy almond milk thinking that it is the same as eating almonds. Almond milk gives you less value in terms of nutrients while costing more because you pay for the processing.

4. Seaweed

Seaweed contains a good amount of magnesium, which can help reduce anxiety and stress. A recent study showed that magnesium may help boost mood in depressed adults. Seaweed is a good source of tryptophan, which is key to creating serotonin which a chemical that may help improve mood and alleviate anxiety and depression.

5. Asparagus

Asparagus is one of the greatest superfoods out there but often underrated. The bright-green vegetable with a mild taste is packed with vitamins and minerals. Folic acid (or folate) in asparagus may help with anxiety, as folic acid deficiency is linked to anxiety and depression.

6. Dark Chocolate

Dark chocolate is considered superfood because it’s packed with nutrients. It is a great food for anxiety – of course, without added sugar – and may help reduce the stress hormone cortisol. Dark chocolate may also cause the body to release natural opiates that have a calming effect. Dark chocolate also boosts serotonin levels.

Go for dark chocolate with cacao of 60 percent or higher. Make sure it doesn’t have any milk or, again, sugar. Organic is best.

7. Acai Berry

Acai berry (or simply acai) has received underserved bad press because of the way it was marketed after it was “discovered”. All the same, acai berry is still a superfood with a wide range of health benefits. These benefits include improving mental clarity, cleansing and detoxifying the body, and boosting the immune system.

Acai may cause paradoxical effect (that is, opposite to what is intended) and increase anxiety in some people. This is because acai berry contains the chemical stimulant theobromine, a which is related to stimulants such as caffeine. Some people may be sensitive to this chemical.

Fresh acai berries can be added to juices, smoothies, or salad. Acai berry supplements containing the active ingredients acai are also available. They come in form of capsules, powders, liquid or juice blends.

None of the statements on this page have been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Any featured, recommended or mentioned products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Contents are provided for your information only and should not be construed as medical advice or instruction. You should consult appropriate health professionals on any matter relating to your health and well-being.

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