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Five foods that reduce anxiety

Life&More May 10, 2018
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Some people tend to eat more when depressed, and in the process put on more and more weight. What if we tell you that you can eat to your heart’s content whenever anxiety overwhelms you…Yes! you read it right. You can eat large portion but only of the food items we tell you. These will not only satisfy your cravings but also do a lot of good to your body’s health. Doctors call these anti-anxiety foods. Read on…

Avocado
Avocados are rich in vitamin B, and hence regular consumption of avocados help reduce anxiety to a great extent.


Blueberries
Sweet, nutritious, juicy and low in calories blueberries greatly help reduce anxiety and help improve mood. Blueberries are rich in anti-oxidants, anthocyanins (the blue colour of blueberries is due to these!). Anthocyanins help the brain produce dopamine, a neurotransmitter responsible for our mood. Besides, the vitamin C present in this fruit helps relieve stress.

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Cashews
Cashews are rich in magnesium. Magnesium helps in the production of serotonin, the hormone that balances and improves our mood. Cashews also contain omega-3 fatty acids, which promotes not only heart health but mental health as well.

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Bananas
Banana is a complete food. And it works greatly to reduce anxiety. Amino acid Tyrosine present in bananas helps in proper transfer of the neurotransmitter dopamine in the brain, which helps to improve mood and alleviate anxiety. Another amino acid, tryptophan, helps increase the production of serotonin in the brain which developed feelings of relaxation and calmness.

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Chamomile tea
Chamomile tea greatly reduces stress. In ancient times, natives of Egypt and Greece used chamomile flowers for making medicines for treatment of stress and anxiety.

 

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