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Top 4 Foods That Curb Anxiety
Nov 2016
Mihira A R Khopkar
Clinical Dietician And Sports Nutritionist

Whether it is exam time or an important meeting, stress is inevitable. For some, the anxiety and nervousness helps, but for most others, it does not! The fight and flight response or the adrenaline rush, experienced by many on a daily basis, due to leading stressful lives, is because of three major catabolic hormones: epinephrine, nor-epinephrine and cortisol.

Food can play a crucial role in influencing these hormones, heightening the fight and flight response. Hence, here are the top four foods to eat and to avoid, in order to curb your anxiety jitters!

Foods To Eat
Milk

It is a rich source of tryptophan which is responsible for the synthesis of the hormone serotonin, in the brain that relaxes and soothes the mind.

Almonds
They are a rich source of magnesium, zinc and iron that help in balancing your moods as well as energy levels.

Oily Fish
Salmon, tuna and mackerel are good sources of omega 3 that prevents stress related to inflammation.

Amla
Being the richest source of vitamin C, this antioxidant curbs stress related inflammation and creates an anti-inflammatory environment in the body.