Feeling Anxious? Try Eating!

Are you a fan of superfoods?  These are natural, easy-to-find foods that are rich in antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and other nutrients.  Superfoods can help with weight, cholesterol, heart disease, cancer and general health.

But did you know that superfoods can also help with anxiety, stress and mood?

An article from Harvard Medical School highlights foods that can help lower anxiety and make you feel calmer.

  • Foods with magnesium (leafy greens, legumes, whole grains)
  • Foods with zinc (oysters, cashews, egg yolks)
  • Foods with omega-3 fatty acids (fish)
  • Foods with probiotics (pickles, sauerkraut)

Omega-3 fatty acids have even been proposed for treating various psychiatric disorders, including depression, stress reactivity, bipolar disorder and alcoholism.

U.S. researchers discovered that a particular omega-3 – DHA – touches the same molecular networks as current psychiatric medications.  In mouse studies, females saw more antidepressant effects while males saw more antimanic effects.  The researchers used an Agilent Bioanalyzer system and Agilent GeneSpring software in their study.

Egyptian researchers studied the possible therapeutic value of omega-3 for dementia prevention.  They discovered that omega-3 supplementation countered hypothyroidism and improved both spatial learning and memory in adult male rats.  The researchers used an Agilent HPLC with fluorescence detection in their study.


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