Top Stress Relieving Foods 


M.Sc. Nutrition & Dietetics

Navneet Kaur


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Stress and anxiety are usually a part of everyone's day-to-day life. However, chronic stress is not good for the body and may result in serious health issues. Certain foods and beverages have the potential to lower down our stress levels, and one can consider them adding to the regular diet. 

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Green Tea is known for its stress-relieving properties due to its high L-theanine content. 

1. Green Tea 

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Fatty fish like sardine, salmon, and anchovies are good for reducing stress levels and boosting mood due to their high omega-3 and vitamin D content. 

2. fatty fish

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Sunflower seeds are rich in brain health-boosting nutrients like zinc, magnesium, selenium, and vitamin E making them good for boosting mood and alleviating depression. 

3. sunflower seeds

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Broccoli is rich in a compound called sulforaphane which offers anti-depressant and neuroprotective properties. 

4. broccoli

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Chamomile Tea is a natural stress buster that is good for our sleep health and reduces stress hormone - cortisol levels. 

5.  Chamomile Tea 

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A warm glass of milk at bedtime is a good practice for a sound sleep. Milk is rich in tryptophan - an amino acid that our body utilizes to synthesize serotonin - the happy hormone.  

6. milk

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Having a piece of dark chocolate may ease stress and calm our mind. It has a compound called phenethylamine that has mood-elevating properties. 

7. Dark Chocolate 

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Nuts like almonds, walnuts and pistachios are excellent stress-busters. They are loaded with good fats, vitamins and magnesium. All these nutrients play a significant role in reducing stress. 

8. nuts