Surprisingly Common Foods to Regulate Mood
Anxiety is common in our fast-paced, pressure-inducing society. Surprisingly, there are many natural foods may help you combat anxiety.
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Here is a list of the leading nutrients to regulate mood & foods to help fight anxiety.
Zinc is an essential mineral. It is necessary to make proper neurotransmitters. Low levels of zinc may cause an imbalance in neurotransmitters in the brain– resulting in mood disorders like anxiety, depression, ADHD, issues with learning and memory, anger, and more. Our body doesn’t readily store zinc, so it’s essential to consume it every day.
Vitamin D plays a vital role in mood and brain function. Research indicates that vitamin D helps regulate mood and ward off mood disorders like anxiety and depression. Vitamin D deficiencies negatively affect mood, cognition, and brain function.
B vitamins, especially B6 and B12, play a critical role in neurological function. All B vitamins are water-soluble, and our body doesn’t store them well. This means you must consume B vitamins every day. You have a higher risk for mood disorders if you have low B vitamins, especially B6 and B12.
Tryptophan, an amino acid, helps create serotonin. Serotonin is a chemical neurotransmitter that affects an array of functions, including regulating mood (such as anxiety), sleep, memory, behavior, and brain function.
Omega-3 rich foods contain ALA (alpha-linolenic acid), which contains two fatty acids: EPA and DHA. These two fatty acids help regulate neurotransmitters, contain anti-inflammatory properties, and promote healthy brain function. A diet low in omega-3 may increase the risk of anxiety and depression.
Top Foods to Fight Anxiety & Regulate Mood
Pumpkin seeds are packed with nutrients and antioxidants. They are high in zinc and a rich source of potassium.
The key ingredient in turmeric is curcumin. Curcumin has powerful anti-inflammatory properties and is an antioxidant. Studies show turmeric may reduce anxiety levels and depression.
Chamomile is a delicate plant with beautiful flowers. It is commonly used as a tea. Chamomile is anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antioxidant. It’s revered for its calming effect.
Cacao, the unrefined, raw form of chocolate, is home to a wide range of beneficial compounds. One is polyphenols–known to reduce anxiety and improve a sense of calm. Cacao also contains the amino acid tryptophan.
Some research shows theanine, an amino acid, has a positive effect on mood. Green tea contains theanine and may help reduce anxiety and calm nervousness. Additionally, it may boost serotonin and dopamine production to help regulate mood.
Avocados are high in B vitamins. B vitamins affect a wide range of processes in the body and brain. Other foods rich in B vitamins: almonds, sunflower seeds, legumes like chickpea and lentils, dark greens like broccoli and kale
Hemp seeds contain EPA and DHA, which help regulate neurotransmitters, reduce inflammation, and promote healthy brain function. Another good source of ALA (EPA and DHA) is flax meal.
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When: February 18th, 2020
Where: The New School, The Auditorium, 66 W 12th St, New York, NY 10011
Time: 7:00pm – 10:00pm
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When: Sunday, March 8th
Where: Grand Bazaar NYC, 100 West 77th St. (at Columbus Ave.)
Time: 10am – 5:30pm
Cost: Free event
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