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The Best 7 Anti Anxiety Foods

Micah Abraham, BSc
The Best 7 Anti Anxiety Foods

Overcoming anxiety without medications involves making lifestyle changes, and that includes changing your diet. There are foods that will help cure anxiety and foods that will contribute to anxiety, and by choosing the right foods, you can drastically cut down on the amount of anxiety you experience – and possibly improve your mood.

In this article, we'll take a look at some of the foods that improve  happiness and reduce stress, so that you can make better decisions about  your eating habits.

Crucial Foods to Avoid

There are foods that help anxiety, but just as important is making  sure that you're not eating foods that contribute to anxiety. Examples  of these types of foods include fried foods, high glycemic carbs,  refined sugars, and alcoholic beverages.

Other foods depend on how much you understand you own anxiety. If you  have panic attacks, you may want to avoid coffee, because coffee can  increase your heart rate and trigger an attack. But if you have more  general anxiety, coffee may actually be beneficial. Many find that  caffeine (in low quantities, of course), can actually reduce stress and  improve mood.

Seven Foods that Help Anxiety

Whole Grain Foods

Those that can tolerate gluten may benefit from foods with whole  grains, like whole grain pasta and bread. Studies have shown that true  whole grains (some "whole grain foods" still contain processed  ingredients) have several benefits for those with anxiety:

Whole grain foods can have a powerful effect on anxiety, and contain nutrients that have been stripped out of modern day diets.

Seaweed

Seaweed has many of the same benefits as whole grains. Not only is it  rich in nutrients – it also appears to have a high magnesium content,  and kelp and other seaweed appear to be very high in tryptophan content.  Seaweed is a good alternative to whole grains for those that are gluten  sensitive.

Blueberries

Blueberries are more than a delicious fruit. Many consider it to be a _superfood_.  It's rich in vitamins and phytonutrients (plant nutrients), with a  variety of antioxidants that are considered extremely beneficial for  relieving stress. Many experts also believe that peaches fall into this  category as well, because they have nutrients that appear to have a  sedation (calming) effect.

Acai Berries

Acai berry is essentially the newest super food, and one that has  received a great deal of press recently. It may not be the weight loss  fruit that many people claimed it was, but acai berries are still rich  in phytonutrients like the blueberry, and the antioxidant levels are off  the charts.

Almonds

Almonds are an underrated food. They contain zinc, a key nutrient for  maintaining a balanced mood – and have both iron and healthy fats.  Healthy fats are an important part of a balanced diet, and low iron  levels have been known to cause brain fatigue, which can contribute to  both anxiety and a lack of energy.

Chocolate

Chocolate – especially pure dark chocolate without the added sugars  or milks – is also a great food for those living with anxiety and  stress. Chocolate reduces cortisol – the stress hormone that causes  anxiety symptoms. There are also compounds inside dark chocolate that  improves mood.

Maca Root

Maca root is not exactly a popular food item in grocery stores, but  the powder can be added to several foods and beverages and is found in a  variety of health food stores. It's believed that this root has more  phytonutrients than nearly every type of fruit and vegetable, including  magnesium and iron – two important nutrients for controlling anxiety. It  also is often used for healthy stamina and energy.

Other Foods for Anxiety and Stress

Healthy eating is one of the best ways to control anxiety and stress.  In fact, one of the best things you can add to your diet is more water.  Many studies have found that dehydration affects as many as 25% of  those with persistent stress or more, and dehydration is known to cause  more anxiety.

As for foods, anything with magnesium, vitamin B12 (and other B  vitamins), zinc, and antioxidants can be beneficial for helping you deal  with stress. There are also herbal supplements like kava and  passionflower that may be valuable for anxiety.

Controlling Anxiety with Food

All of the above foods are beneficial for dealing with your anxiety.  They provide vitamins and nutrients that are known to calm the mind and  body while also increasing energy and stabilizing your mood. Combine  those foods with a balanced diet that is free of fried foods and harmful  ingredients and you should see a marked difference in your anxiety  levels.

Still, it's important to remember that understanding your anxiety is  still step one. I've helped thousands of people learn to deal with their  anxiety and I always recommend they start with my anxiety test I  created specifically to provide a snapshot of your current anxiety. This  test will help you:

Foods for anxiety are a great first step, but they're only a first  step. Take my anxiety test, and learn what it takes to cure anxiety once  and for all.

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