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The 7 Best Foods to Reduce Anxiety


This versatile and satiating fish is loaded with omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential for brain health and a well-functioning nervous system. . Getting enough of these important anti-inflammatory fats has been shown to elevate mood and decrease the risk of depression, Opt for wild salmon over farmed varieties.


Asparagus extract is a natural functional (aka, medicinal) food for its ability to reduce stress and promote relaxation.

Yes, really. Just one cup of cooked asparagus provides nearly 70% of the daily recommended intake of folate. Bonus points go to asparagus for being a prebiotic food, meaning it serves as a food source for probiotics, which are also thought to have positive effects on mood.

Dark chocolate

Dark chocolate because has more healthy antioxidants than other kinds. The antioxidants in dark chocolate trigger the walls of blood vessels to relax, which boosts circulation and lowers blood pressure. Stressed people who eat 1.5 ounces of dark chocolate daily for two weeks experiences a reduction in stress hormones.

Go ahead, make a small chunk of 70% (or higher) dark chocolate your new 3 p.m. pick-me-up.


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.

Citrus fruits

Adrenal glands store vitamin C to regulate cortisol which is linked to reduce anxiety levels.

Get your nutrients from whole foods - try lemons or limes to your tea and brighten yogurt bowls or salads with in-season oranges and grapefruits this winter.


Avocados are packed with monounsaturated fats and antioxidants that help optimize circulation, which contributes to better blood flow to the epicenter of your anxious thoughts: your brain.

The fruits also supply 20 different vitamins and minerals, including key nutrients tied to mood, like folate, B6, and potassium.


We've all been warned that tryptophan, an amino acid in turkey, can send us into a food coma after a big Thanksgiving meal. But tryptophan's relaxation effect can also ease anxiety. Tryptophan helps the body produce serotonin, the happy, calming neurotransmitter that helps regulate sleep. It is usually highest in protein foods like turkey, but can also be found in nuts, seeds, and beans.

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