Food and Mental Health

Food is one of the greatest pleasures of life and is no longer just an essential part of survival. However, there are also some foods that do more than that, and aid in our mental well being.

Almonds: They are an excellent source of antioxidants. Antioxidants help protect against oxidative stress, which can damage molecules in our cells and contribute to inflammation, aging and diseases like cancer. Furthermore, studies have shown that magnesium may be an effective treatment for anxiety-related symptoms, and just 1 ounce of almonds contains 75mg of magnesium.

Tea: Drinking tea lowers levels of the stress hormone cortisol. Additionally, drinking at least 100 millilitres (about half a cup) of green tea a day seems to lower the risk of developing depression and dementia.

Dark Chocolate: Eating dark chocolate is good for your memory and your mood. It helps alleviate depression, acts as an anti-inflammatory agent, which means that it is good for one’s brain.

Blueberries: These berries are bursting with antioxidants and vitamin C which have been shown to provide anxiety relief. One study1 examined the effects of oral vitamin C supplements on anxiety in a group of students and found that antioxidants may be useful for both the prevention and reduction of anxiety.

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