4 Foods To Reduce Stress

4 Foods To Reduce Stress

Written by
September 23, 2018
Updated September 23, 2019

When you’re overworked or on a tight schedule, you wish you could just push a button to make things a little easier. Of course, there are pills you can swallow to help take the edge off, but that can be dangerous (and, uh, sometimes not legal). What if there was something safe, healthy, and readily available that you could eat or drink that that could help calm you down?
The following four foods might fit the bill. Stock your pantry with these guys, and watch your day improve.

1. Dark Chocolate

Eating a sweet doesn’t just make you feel better because it tastes good. Cocoa contains polyphenols—metabolites unique to plants that offer myriad health benefits, including mood-boosting properties. A 2014 study had 60 stressed-out medical students eat different types of chocolate for two weeks and fill out a questionnaire on their perceived levels of stress. Those who ate dark chocolate reported the greatest reductions in stress (Interestingly, the difference was more statistically significant in women.)

To be honest, subjects who ate milk chocolate enjoyed the same benefits as the dark chocolate group, but because milk chocolate has more sugar than dark, we advise you to stick with the darker stuff for the sake of better overall health. Sorry: no Hershey’s bars. White chocolate eaters, if you were wondering, didn’t do as well in the study.

2. Turmeric

This spice is a staple in Indian cuisine. Turmeric’s active ingredient is curcumin, which has mountains of research to show it helps support cellular health and regulate inflammatory responses. A 2014 trial concluded that circumin helps the body make more DHA—an acid that helps prevent cognitive problems, including anxiety. The researchers suggested that people following a plant-based diet, or that choose not to eat fish, could
benefit the most from consuming circumin, as they may not get enough DHA-boosting foods otherwise. Turmeric can be added to rice, roasted vegetables, or used to make a curry.

3. Salmon

This pink-fleshed fish is packed with muscle-building protein, but also omega-3 fats. In addition to being good for your heart, omega-3s have shown promise for supporting a good mood. One study showed that
subjects who supplemented with the same kind of fish oil that’s available in salmon experienced significantly less mental stress. Furthermore, a 2017 review suggests that eating too many omega-6 fats (which are common in processed foods) and too few omega-3s increases the risk for mood disorders—so if you rarely eat fish, upping your overall intake is a good idea.

4. Matcha Tea

Regular green tea is great, but matcha is a type of green tea that’s even richer in phytochemicals. Two of these—L-theanine and epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG)—have been shown to promote a healthy mood state and cognitive performance. A 2017 review demonstrated that L-theanine alone aided self-reported relaxation, tension, and calmness, and, when combined with caffeine (also in matcha), promoted alertness, memory, and the ability to avoid distraction.

Sign up for the Onnit Newsletter

Raleigh Moore
Follow Raleigh Moore, the Director of Content at Onnit, at @raleigh_koel_moore on Instagram. He's a Fat guy at a fit company who’s spending 2019 trying to transform. Down 22 pounds since Jan. 1, 2019 and counting.
Free shipping is offered on orders with a minimum subtotal of $150 less discounts. Free shipping is only available in the contiguous U.S. and excludes Fitness and Digital items.
For media inquiries please contact us at media@onnit.com.
In thanks to military and first responders, we're extending a 15% discount off MSRP for all products purchased at Onnit.com.
To qualify, simply verify your status during checkout on the payment step. We verify through ID.me, our trusted technology partner for secure digital identity verification.
After verification, your discount will auto-apply on that order and all future orders.
Please note that this discount cannot be combined with coupons.
If you have any questions or issues with the verification process, please don't hesitate to reach out to Customer Service.
* US Military members, please choose United States as your destination country, as this will ensure your package ships via USPS and that you are not given international shipping rates.
With a subscription, you'll get your favorite Onnit products whenever you want at 15% off MSRP. All automatic, worry free, and with our same great money back guarantee.
Cancel or adjust your order at any time, hassle free. Your payment method will only be charged right before your order ships. The discount applied every time is 15% off MSRP or the current sale discount, whichever is greater. For more information, see the complete Onnit Subscription Terms & Conditions and Frequently Asked Questions.

Secure Shopping

We implement a variety of security measures to maintain the safety of your personal information when you place an order or enter, submit, or access any information on our website. We incorporate physical, electronic, and administrative procedures to safeguard the confidentiality of your personal information, including Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) for the encryption of all financial transactions through the website. We use industry-standard, 256bit SSL encryption to protect your personal information online, and we also take several steps to protect your personal information in our facilities. For example, when you visit the website, you access servers that are kept in a secure physical environment, behind a locked cage and a hardware firewall. After a transaction, your credit card information is not stored on our servers.