Foods containing B vitamins (niacin, thiamin, riboflavin, B6, biotin, pantothenic acid, B12, folic acid), tryptophan, calcium, magnesium, and alpha-linolenic acid (an essential omega-3 fatty acid) can help the body and mind cope with anxiety. Try to include the following in your diet:
- Niacin is required by the body when coping with anxiety. Niacin helps the body to release energy from carbohydrates, control blood sugar, and maintain proper nervous system function. Dietary sources include: wheat, turkey, brown rice, lamb, pomegranates, tuna, chicken.
- Thiamin (vitamin B1) is beneficial during anxiety because it facilitates neurotransmitter synthesis, promotes healthy nerve function, and converts carbohydrates in foods into energy. Found in whole wheat pasta, oatmeal, asparagus, soy milk, barley, wheat, sunflower seeds, tuna, brazil nuts, pork, white rice, avocados, mussels, and salmon.
- Riboflavin is beneficial for anxiety because it converts other B vitamins to useful forms so that they can perform their functions. Include in your diet: avocados, clams, yogurt, milk, pork, lamb, mushrooms, duck.
- Vitamin B6 helps the body to manufacture neurotransmitters essential for the body to cope with anxiety. Vitamin B6 may also help boost the immune system during times of anxiety. Food sources include barley, brown rice, chicken, turkey, potatoes, pork, salmon, chickpeas, tuna, sunflower seeds, sweet potatoes, avocados, bananas, mangoes.
- Pantothenic acid helps produce stress hormones during times of psychological difficulty (emotional upset, depression, anxiety). Found in salmon, mushrooms, sunflower seeds, avocados, yogurt.
- Folic acid helps the body deal with anxiety and may help relieve accompanying depression. Consume asparagus, beets, brussels sprouts, fresh peas, dried beans, chickpeas, soybeans, lentils, oranges, turkey, savoy cabbage, spinach, broccoli, avocados.
- Calcium is needed for normal communication among nerve cells and for muscle contraction, both vital in supporting the body during anxiety and panic. Some research indicates that dietary calcium may help lower blood pressure, which can be raised during times of anxiety.
- Magnesium may be beneficial during anxiety because it helps muscles to relax. Found in almonds, chocolate, spinach, avocados, pumpkin seeds, oysters, sunflower seeds, brazil nuts, buckwheat, amaranth, quinoa, barley.
- Some scientists believe that people who suffer from panic attacks may be deficient in alpha-linolenic acid. Be sure to consume salmon and tuna.
- Tryptophan (found in turkey) can help bolster the nervous system.
- Biotin helps the body use glucose and promotes overall balance along with the other B vitamins. Consume cauliflower, peanuts, eggs, fresh cheese.
- Vitamin B12 works in conjunction with other B vitamins to support the nervous system and assist the body in converting food into energy. Food sources include clams, beef, yogurt, tuna, lamb, oysters, trout, crab.
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