Can You Use Oatmeal as a Remedy for Anxiety?

In addition to helping relieve anxiety, oatmeal helps balance and stabilize blood sugar levels. It's ideal to avoid mood swings.
Can You Use Oatmeal as a Remedy for Anxiety?
Valeria Sabater

Written and verified by psychologist Valeria Sabater.

Last update: 27 May, 2022

Anxiety is a negative emotional state and can sometimes be incapacitating, affecting millions of people around the world both temporarily and chronic. What’s the best way to deal with it? Pharmaceuticals, as you already know, are a recognized remedy for anxiety.

However, medication isn’t always the best option. Every individual is a unique case with different characteristics and chemical compounds won’t always be able to resolve the problem.

The biggest secret to dealing with anxiety is proper daily emotional management. Knowing how to prioritize, set limits and being the protagonist in your own life is vital to allow you to be a little happier and to enjoy your personal space.

A good psychological approach and the support from natural remedies at our disposal will always be the best choice. Then, if the problem with anxiety persists, you should seek professional help and follow the prescribed guidelines.

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Your day to day physical and emotional health is really important, that’s why we’d like to talk to you about how oatmeal can help as a remedy for anxiety. Let’s take a look together.

Why oatmeal may help with the symptoms of anxiety

Woman with anxiety

According to the American Society of Depression and Anxiety, many people suffer from anxiety in silence and never seek professional help. In the majority of cases, the emotional state is temporary and can be dealt with by making changes or approaching things differently.

However, when anxiety goes from temporary to chronic, it becomes a health risk. Your health begins to suffer starting with typical hypertension, irregular heartbeat, and dizziness, all potentially dangerous conditions.

Benefits of oatmeal for anxiety

Whether you’re taking medication or implementing psychological strategies to control your anxiety, the carbohydrates from whole grains can help reduce the symptoms, according to the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota.

Spoonful of oats
  • The carbohydrates found in oatmeal help increase levels of serotonin (a neurotransmitter) in the brain.
  • Serotonin has a calming effect on the brain and body to relieve feelings of anxiety, nervousness, and even insomnia.
  • We should avoid refined carbohydrates, like those found in white bread, white sugar, white rice (whole grains are always better to combat anxiety). These foods cause a spike in blood sugar levels, which provide a temporary increase in energy but then leave you feeling tired.
  • Oatmeal is considered a “superfood“, something that you should include in your family’s diet.
  • Thanks to the dietary fiber in oatmeal, it provides the body with a constant level of energy due to its slow absorption.
  • Oatmeal also helps stabilize blood sugar levels. No ups and downs, which helps balance the body.
  • Oatmeal regulates the nervous system by helping the brain secrete proper levels of serotonin, which is ideal for relaxation and avoiding mood swings.
  • It’s important that the oatmeal you eat is completely organic and natural and not enriched with sugar or you’ll lose its benefits. You can buy organic oatmeal in health food stores, and although it may cost a little more, the investment is worth it.

A healthy remedy for anxiety with oatmeal

Oatmeal smoothie

This is a fresh and delicious way to enjoy oatmeal and it’s also a great remedy for anxiety. You can have it every morning for breakfast.

However, keep in mind that even though oatmeal is a supplement for dealing with anxiety and increases levels of serotonin in the blood, you still must adopt some basic psychological strategies like relaxation and exercising. You need to prioritize your life. You’re the most important thing!

Take notes on this natural remedy for anxiety with oatmeal.

Natural oatmeal and pear smoothie

What do I need?

  • 1 ripe pear
  • ½ cup of organic oatmeal
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 tablespoon of honey


  • It’s really easy. First peel the pear and cut it into smaller chunks to put in the blender.
  • Add the water, pear chunks and oatmeal to the blender and blend.
  • Drizzle with the tablespoon of honey. If you want, serve cold with two ice cubes. It’s delicious!

This text is provided for informational purposes only and does not replace consultation with a professional. If in doubt, consult your specialist.