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Do any foods help to decrease anxiety?

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There are a couple of options which may help to alleviate anxiety but will it palatable to everyone?

Asked by: Laura Pajuodyte, London


Marmite lovers, rejoice. Thanks to its high levels of B vitamins, the yeast-based spread may ease anxiety, according to a recent study at Victoria University in Australia. Vitamin B12, for example, is thought to be linked to the production of serotonin – a chemical in the body that helps to regulate mood.

For the Marmite haters out there, a recent Taiwanese study suggests that omega-3 fatty acids, found in foods such as oily fish and nuts, may also help to relieve anxiety.

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Dr Emma Davies is a science writer and editor with a PhD in food chemistry from the University of Leeds. She writes about all aspects of chemistry, from food and the environment to toxicology and regulatory science.


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