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Health talk: Foods that De-stress

It is true. Some foods and beverages keep us ‘wired’, like caffeinated beverages, and others, like chamomile tea, help calm us down. Checkout these facts:B vitamins and magnesium are involved in the production of serotonin, which helps regulate mood and relieve stress. B12, in fact, is one of the most important vitamins involved in the synthesis of the ‘happy’ brain chemical serotonin;vitamin B12 deficiency actually can lead to depression. Zinc has also been shown to fight some of the negative effects of stress, while vitamin E is an antioxidant that destroys the free radicals related to stress and heart disease.Omega-3 fatty acids are found in fish as well as some plant foods,like canola oil and ground flaxseed. Several studies have suggested a connection between omega-3 fatty acids and staying calm.

Look for the follow foods to help you de-stress during the holidays: Almonds are packed with vitamin B2 (riboflavin),vitamin E, magnesium and zinc, which makes themgreat stress relievers. Most fish are also full of B vitamins, particularlyB6 and B12. Another food full of stress-relieving B vitaminsis broccoli, which has the added benefit of containing folic acid. Folic acid helps relieve stress,anxiety, panic, and even depression. Love sushi? Eat it up to calm down. The seaweed in maki (rolls) has anxiety-fighting properties. Itis packed with stress-relieving magnesium, as well as pantothenic acid and vitamin B2 (riboflavin). Cantaloupe is an excellent source of vitamin C, which is crucial in combating stress. And finally, remember to eat breakfast. Studies show that those who eat a proper breakfast tend to have a more consistent mood during the day.