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8 Foods That Help Ease Anxiety


In the United States alone, anxiety disorders affect more than 40 million adults aged 18 or older—over 18 percent of the country’s population. To help treat it, doctors most commonly recommend therapies and medications, but there may be an even more effective way: food.

Our brains require certain vitamins and minerals in order to function properly. Insufficient intake can “alter brain chemistry and the formulation of neurotransmitters—chemicals in the brain that can stimulate and calm,” says Melissa Reagan Brunetti, CNC, to Reader’s Digest. Eating more of these eight nutrient-rich foods can not only help to ease anxiety symptoms when they happen, but regular consumption may also help to reduce their occurrence altogether.

1. Avocado

Yet more reasons to love these superfruits! Avocados are an excellent source of B vitamins, which are essential for maintaining healthy nerves and brain cells. They’re also rich in potassium, a mineral that helps to naturally lower blood pressure.

And, according to a study published in the Nutrition Journal, eating avocados can help to maintain a steady mood throughout the day by regulating the body’s blood sugar levels.

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