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Good Mood Foods

28.10.2013

There's no such thing as a chill pill, but some foods contain body-boosting nutrients that help soothe stressed-out nerves. Getting enough B vitamins, folate, and omega-3 fatty acids can help ward off depression. Magnesium helps muscles relax; stimulates production of GABA, a neurotransmitter that eases anxiety and nervousness; and helps you fall asleep. And antioxidants help fight the damage that cortisol does to brain cells and memory. 
 

 

An emphasis on the following foods will help your body mellow existing anxiety and set you on the right path for overall health.

  • Vitamin B6

    Best Foods
    Avocados, baked potatoes (with skin), bananas, chickpeas, yellow-fin tuna, steamed green beans

    Why It Helps
    Stress depletes B6, which helps produce serotonin, a calming neurotransmitter.

  • Vitamin B12

    Best Foods
    Clams, milk (fat-free), plain yogurt (fat-free), salmon, sardines, chicken

    Why It Helps
    Along with other B vitamins, B12 helps form GABA, a calming neurotransmitter.

  • Folate (Folic Acid)

    Best Foods
    Asparagus, chickpeas, lentils, oatmeal, orange juice, dark leafy greens

    Why It Helps
    Folic acid helps make dopamine, a neurotransmitter associated with pleasure.

  • Magnesium

    Best Foods
    Almonds, amaranth, spinach, sunflower seeds, tofu, wild rice

    Why It Helps
    Stress depletes magnesium, which stimulates the production of GABA and helps make dopamine.

  • Vitamin C

    Best Foods
    Broccoli, brussels sprouts, orange juice, red and green peppers, strawberries

    Why It Helps
    Vitamin C boosts your immune system and fights brain-cell damage resulting from constant exposure to cortisol.

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