You must have heard of a term called ‘emotional eating.' It is a habit characterized by eating too much (especially junk food) while in a stressful situation. People do so in order to feel the comfort that lacks around them at a particular time. It is commonly believed to control your anxiety however that’s not true as by doing this you only raise the level of bad cholesterol and sugar in your body and blood respectively.


For these kinds of people, we have come up with a list of scientifically-proven food items that can actually help you beat stress and anxiety without sending you into overdrive.

Turmeric

This yellow coloured spice gets its medicinal properties from a compound called curcumin, present in it. It is known to promote brain health and prevent the onset of anxiety disorders, says a study published in the journal Biochimica et Biophysica Acta. Curcumin works in this regard by boosting the level of omega-3 fatty acid DHA in your brain. Also, this compound prevents after-effects of anxiety which is damage to brain cells, with the help of its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties

Yogurt

Being rich in probiotics, yogurt can improve your mental health, says research published in the journal Scientific Reports. During the study, scientists found that Lactobacillus bacteria found in your gut can reverse the depression-like symptoms.

Green Tea

Green tea contains an amino acid called L-theanine that has a positive effect on brain health. It also helps in reducing anxiety and stress. In a research published in the journal Nutrients, scientists found that people who consumed a beverage containing L-theanine had a decreased level of the stress hormone, cortisol. It works by preventing your nerves from becoming overexcited.

Chamomile

This herb is an excellent source of antioxidants that are known to reduce inflammation and the risk of anxiety. According to a scientific study published in the journal Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, people who eat chamomile extract for just eight weeks experience reduced symptoms of anxiety and depression.

Salmon

Salmon contains two types of omega-3 fatty acids namely eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). These nutrients help in the regulation of dopamine and serotonin, neurotransmitters that are known to have a calming effect on your mind. Consuming an adequate amount of these two types of omega-3 fatty acids can improve the levels of these neurotransmitters and promote brain health.