Nutrients & Stress

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Third month into the new year and already stressed out? A little stress is normal (and actually good for you!), but prolonged stress is not. Practising mindfulness techniques such as yoga inhibits the negative impact stress has on the body, but there are also a number of nutrients that can help:

Magnesium

This mineral is probably the most important for your muscles and nervous system. It helps with energy production and a feeling of calmness. Magnesium is found in red and white meat, almonds, sesame seeds, and green leafy vegetables, such as spinach.

Tryptophan

This amino acid is required to make the feel-good neurotransmitter serotonin. Sufficient tryptophan may help to reduce emotional eating, and is in foods including soy, cheese, meat, nuts, and eggs.

B Vitamins

These vitamins are helpful in regulating mood, by supporting optimal stress responses and moderating a host of neurotransmitters. Find B vitamins in meat, seafood, and green leafy vegetables.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is essential for manufacturing and regulating many neurotransmitters, including cortisol, adrenaline and noradrenaline, and serotonin. Sources of vitamin C include capsicums, broccoli and strawberries.

 Taurine

Taurine is another valuable amino acid, taurine manages symptoms of anxiety and protects the brain against overstimulation. The highest sources of taurine include fish and seafood, meat, dairy and eggs. 

 

So whenever you are feeling anxious or frazzled, take a look at your diet and see if it is working with you to combat signs of stress!

Gina Horn

Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD)
BEx&NutrSc, MDietSt

Bradford Clinic