According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 1 in 13 worldwide suffers from anxiety. Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the United States, affecting 40 million adults in the United States age 18 and older, or 18.1 percent of the population each year. Although anxiety disorders are highly treatable, yet only 36.9 percent of those suffering receive treatment.
According to a new study published in the journal General Psychiatry, people with anxiety symptoms may find relief from using probiotic and non-probiotic supplements and foods to help regulate gut bacteria.
The study found that having foods like curd regulates the gut's microbiota and improve anxiety symptoms.
Here are a few other foods that help fight/ stave off anxiety:
Blueberries, strawberries, raspberries and even blackberries are an excellent source of antioxidants that have numerous health benefits. They are all good source of vitamin C which can help in combating stress to a great extent.
The fish contains nutrients that promote brain health, including vitamin D and the omega-3 fatty acids docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) which may help regulate the neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine, which can have calming and relaxing properties.
The herb contains high amounts of antioxidants which have been proven to cut down inflammation, which might reduce the risk of anxiety. In fact, a study found those who consumed chamomile extract for eight weeks saw reduced symptoms of anxiety and depression.
Dark chocolate contains flavonols, which are antioxidants that may benefit brain function. They do this by improving blood flow to the brain and promoting its ability to adapt to stressful situations.
It contains L-theanine, an amino acid that has been studied for the positive effects it may have on brain health and anxiety reduction. As a matter of fact, a study even found that those who drank a beverage that contained L-theanine had reduced levels of cortisol, a stress hormone linked with anxiety.
The spice contains curcumin, a compound that promotes brain health and prevents anxiety disorders. Curcumin may boost omega-3 fatty acid DHA in the brain by helping the body produce it more effectively. Curcumin also has powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that help prevent damage to brain cells.
Egg yolks are another great source of vitamin D and also an excellent source of protein. It is a complete protein, meaning it contains all the essential amino acids the body needs for growth and development.
Eggs as well contain tryptophan, which is an amino acid that helps create serotonin or 5-hydroxytryptamine. Serotonin is a chemical neurotransmitter that helps to regulate mood, sleep, memory, and behavior. Serotonin is also thought to improve brain function and relieve anxiety.
By Sowmya Sangam