We all know that dark chocolate works wonders for reducing bouts of anxiety, but did you know that dark fruits, like blueberries or cherries, can also help?
You may have been surprised by the title of this article. What do the flavonoids in our foods have anything to do with fighting anxiety?
The truth is, they have a very special connection. A team from Emory University and The Autonomous University of Barcelona (Spain), indicated that a compound known as 7,8-dihydroxyflavone has flavonoids that are very effective at treating anxiety.
Currently, pharmaceuticals are being created with this element, but in the mean time, we too are capable of consuming foods that are rich in this flavonoid, to take advantage of this characteristic.
Of course, if all you eat are 8 strawberries a day, the amount of 7,8-dihydroxyflavone you could get from that is pretty negligible, but it’s a start. It’s a good idea to think about a supplement rich in nutrients, while still being natural.
We are positive that these suggestions are going to help.
1. Cocoa beans
- Could there be any better food than cocoa beans? They’re delicious! When eaten in moderation, along with a balanced diet, they can be extremely beneficial because of their high flavonoid content. In fact, a lot of people already know that it was historically used as medicine and as a therapy to improve moods and to treat a variety of diseases.
- Its antioxidant levels are so high that it is great for improving heart health.
- Elderberries are rich in vitamin C and flavonoids, and therefore stand out as a great daily supplement for reducing daily anxiety.
- You also can’t forget that they are a natural source of nutrients, especially all the B-complex vitamins: B1, B2, B5, B6 and folic acid.
- They create a wonderful antioxidant effect.
- They improve the immune system.
- They are cleansing.
- They’re also available at pharmacies as a pill. They can also be consumed naturally, however.
We all know that it’s not always easy to get good blueberries at the supermarket. But they are one of the healthiest and most medicinal foods around. Not only do they have a ton of benefits, but they’re interesting as well:
- Blueberries are rich in anthocyanins and carotenoids.
- The flavonoids in blueberries have a powerful antioxidant effect which is capable not only of neutralizing free radicals, but also in relaxing the body and improving blood circulation.
- Blueberries are anti-inflammatory and antibacterial. They cleanse the body of toxins, and strengthen the immune system.
- If you suffer from stress and heightened anxiety, the cortisol in your blood will alter your basic functions. If you were to eat blueberries regularly, all of these processes would improve, thereby raising the body’s natural defenses.
- Be that what it may, try to avoid blueberries in jam. They are high in sugar.
4. Carob flour
Carob flour is a healthy, natural and highly recommended alternative to classic white, refined flours, which are harmful to health.
- Carob flour can be found in natural food markets or dietary stores.
- Carob flour comes from the carob bean.
- This is an energetic food, rich in proteins and minerals, like calcium, iron and phosphorous.
- It is rich in vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, C and D.
- It is perfect for Celiacs and it is also low in fat (3%)
- Mixed with blueberry juice it stimulates kidney function. This will create the perfect remedy for anxiety.
- It is a potent natural antioxidant.
5. White tea
Did you know that this tea has the highest amount of antioxidants of any natural drink? White tea is more beneficial than green tea in this respect: it is rich in flavonoids and has much less caffeine.
- Therefore, rather than getting you energized, it is a natural infusion used to fight day to day anxiety. It has a light and delicate flavor, so go ahead and get some at your herb store. Try to make sure that the leaves are silver in color…they’re better!
How about making an arugula salad with raisins and pineapple? This food is both healthy and will help give you energy while reducing your anxiety.
- Arugula has a powerful antioxidant effect and is also rich in folic acid and vitamin B. It helps prevent premature mental aging.
- It is rich in vitamin K, an element that helps strengthen bones and the brain.
- It is a digestive aid, it does not contain fats and is a highly nutritious food.
- It strengthens the immune system thanks to its vitamin C content.
7. Acai berries
Their scientific name is Euterpe oleracea. They receive a different name in each region. Have you ever tried them? Is there any way you can find acai berries in your grocery store?
If so, then get them. Eat them regularly (6 to 8 berries a day) because they are a great remedy for treating mild anxiety and nervousness:
- They improve rest and night.
- They relax the body and clear the mind, releasing physical tensions.
- They accelerate the metabolism.
- They strengthen the immune system.
- They bring health to hair, skin and nails.
- They regulate blood pressure and healthy cholesterol.
- They detoxify and cleanse the body.
8. More foods rich in flavonoids
- Apples (with the skin)
- Red grapes
- Brussels Sprouts
- Yellow peppers
- Red wine
- Soy beans