Top 10 Anti-Stress Foods

You can also lead a Zen life thanks to your stomach. To prove it, we have prepared a list of the 10 best anti-stress foods to put on your daily menu!

1. Chocolate

Chocolate is the anti-stress food par excellence. Thanks to its richness in magnesium, it helps to fight against your energy drops and to better cope with stressful situations.

It is better to consume dark chocolate, because its magnesium richness is much higher: on average, 112mg per 100g. For comparison, milk chocolate contains 60 mg.

In addition to this, its sweet flavor makes it a cuddly food par excellence and activates the production of endorphins, the hormone of pleasure.

2. Almonds

Almonds are rich in phytosterols, monounsaturated fatty acids, vegetable proteins, soluble fiber, vitamins and minerals.

Consuming a handful of almonds daily has no impact on your figure and increases your serenity, thanks to a high magnesium content, just like chocolate.

In general, all nuts (macadamia nuts, hazelnuts, etc.) and oilseeds are excellent for health and morale.

3. Bananas

Banana is rich in magnesium and potassium. It also contains Tryptophan, an amino acid known for its relaxing properties that directly affect serotonin levels. Serotonin is a chemical messenger of the central nervous system involved in many physiological functions: sleep, mood, eating behaviors, etc. It is deficient in people with depression or chronic anxiety.

A daily banana makes it possible to recharge the batteries and better face the vagaries of life.

4. Blackcurrant

Blackcurrant, like all food’s rich in vitamin C, is a natural anti-stress food. Rich in antioxidants, they affect the level of cortisol, which is the stress hormone. In addition to this, they reduce joint pain, which can be related to tension in the body.

It can be consumed as is, in infusion, or in the form of capsules or oral suspensions as part of a seasonal solution.

5. Dried figs

Figs are rich in antioxidants and vitamin B3. Antioxidants provide energy and help fight disease, while vitamin B3 plays an important role for neurotransmitters by facilitating serotonin synthesis.

Rich in water and sugars, they can be consumed daily in moderate quantities and as part of a balanced diet. However, they are not recommended for people with diabetes.

6. Mushrooms

Mushrooms provide essential vitamins and minerals.

Their richness in selenium promotes exchanges between neurotransmitters and helps fight against anxiety and depression, which physiologically result from disrupted exchanges between neurotransmitters, including serotonin.

Low in calories, they can be put on the menu every day.

7. Fatty fish

Fatty fish, such as tuna or salmon, are rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids, including omega 3.

Omega 3s have favorable effects on the composition of cell membranes, as well as on many biochemical processes of the body: regulation of blood pressure, elasticity of vessels, immune reactions, etc. Promoting the transmission of nerve impulses, they thus improve emotional balance.

8. Eggs

Eggs often have bad press because they increase bad cholesterol.

Yet, consumed in reasonable quantities, 2-3 times a week, they are good for health and contribute to a morale of steel, thanks to its richness in vitamin B9. This vitamin plays an important role on the nervous system.

Other foods rich in vitamin B9 are spinach, broccoli, salads, wheat germ and liver.

9. Herbal teas

Herbal teas are the remedies of our grandmothers to soothe the small ailments of everyday life. Chamomile-based herbal teas are recommended for their calming properties. Those based on linden are recommended in case of nervous disorders, while passionflower is a very good natural anxiolytic.

Consumed at bedtime, these teas can offer a moment of relaxation conducive to sleep.

10. Green Teas

At the rate of 5 cups per day, green tea can reduce the effects of stress. A recent study has highlighted this fact. Japanese who claimed to drink more than 5 cups of green tea a day were less stressed than those who did not drink at least 5 cups. It remains to be seen whether drinking green tea is an unimportant part of a lifestyle where there is no source of stress or whether it actually reduces stress…

In any case, the richness in antioxidants of green tea can only have beneficial effects on the body and therefore on morale.

Melina Rhyne