While there’s no magic food that can “cure” or “treat” anxiety and depression (talk to your doc if you’re concerned), there are a few shifts that we can make in our daily food choices that have been studied for mood-boosting properties. Assuming we all want to eat food that’s delicious, nutritious, and safe, try more of the following picks instead.
Cherries contain antioxidants like quercetin, which can help promote feelings of calmness.
Its bitter flavor profile is polarizing for some, but promising research could tip the scales in favor of a frequent treat.
Chamomile’s role in anxiety reduction may have something to do with it’s ability to enhance your efforts to get to sleep on time.
Some initial studies also indicate that the combo of vitamins C and E plus folate may help to reduce oxidative stress, which can lead to chronic inflammation. Plus, they may help to promote serotonin production, the neurotransmitter associated with well-being and happiness.
Seafood is famous with its cognitive boost and mood enhancement due to the essential omega-3 fatty acids. Try adding more salmon, mackerel, sardines, and shellfish to your plate>
This fruit is filled with vitamin B6 and magnesium, a combo that may help with serotonin production in your brain.
Beans and Legumes
Chickpeas, lentils, beans, and legumes also provide antioxidants, vitamin B6, and magnesium. They’re protein-rich powerhouses, so try them as a swap for red meat in sautés and in stir-fry dishes.