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Foods That Can Help Manage Anxiety

By Paul Rothbart

Experiencing anxiety is normal, healthy, and serves a purpose. When you worry about a problem or situation, you take it seriously and work to find a solution. Lack of any anxiety is apathy and that is not at all a healthy attitude. But chronic anxiety is a different story. It can be debilitating and is harmful to your mental health. It can also harm you physically. It's important to be able to manage anxiety. Exercise, meditation, and other relaxation techniques are very helpful. There are also medications you can take. Before you risk the side effects of drugs, you could try a natural approach. Here are some foods that can help you manage anxiety.


Turmeric is an exotic spice used in Asian cuisine that contains curcumin, a compound with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It can help protect brain cells from chronic inflammation and oxidative stress that can damage them. Research has also found that it may help prevent anxiety disorders. A number of studies in which subjects were given curcumin supplements for a period of several weeks found that average anxiety levels were significantly reduced.

Dark Chocolate

Most people would consider any kind of candy unhealthy, but dark chocolate does have its benefits. It contains epicatechin and catechin, powerful antioxidants that reduce inflammation and protect cells against oxidative stress. This can help increase the blood flow to the brain and enhance neuroreceptors. The overall effect can improve brain function making stress and anxiety more manageable. It can be a delicious way for people with mood disorders to improve their condition.


Salmon is a fatty fish loaded with omega-3 fatty acids which can reduce inflammation and promote brain health. Salmon also has docosahexaenoic acid, eicosapentaenoic acid, and Vitamin D, nutrients that can promote the production of the feel-good hormones serotonin and dopamine. This is one of the best and most natural ways to improve the balance of brain chemistry and reduce anxiety and depression. Salmon can act almost as a natural antidepressant.


Yogurt is loaded with probiotics, healthy bacteria that aid digestion and improve gut health. There is research that suggests there is a link between gut and brain health. Probiotics can also reduce inflammation and further aid brain health. This can help reduce anxiety levels and aid in stress management.

Life is going to come with a certain amount of anxiety. You have to accept it. When the condition is chronic, it can cause all kinds of health issues. Try adding these foods to your diet. You may find that in a short time, it becomes easier to manage anxiety.

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Tampa, Fla.

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