Sunday, February 2, 2014

Foods that help reduce anxiety

I have checked out this website on "19 remedies for anxiety", and I noted that a key to reducing anxiety in the long term is "a whole-foods, plant-based diet with carefully selected meat and seafood, plenty of leafy greens (such as kale) to get folate, and a wide variety of phytonutrients to help reduce anxiety".

I learnt from this article that besides kale, other excellent sources of folate include romaine lettuce, spinach, asparagus, turnip greens, mustard greens, calf's liver, collard greens, broccoli, cauliflowers, and beets, and I have checked Adamo's website that these aforementioned sources are neutral or beneficial for blood type B too.

As for phytonutrients, I learnt from this article that phytonutients "have health-promoting properties including antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and liver-health-promoting activitles". It also says:
"Fruits and vegetables are concentrated sources of phytonutrients; other plant foods like whole grains, legumes/beans, nuts and seeds, and herbs and spices also contain phytonutrients. Since many phytonutrients also serve as the pigment that gives foods their deep hues, you can identify many phytonutrient-rich foods by looking for colorful foods; for example, look for foods that are blue or purple like blueberries, blackberries and red cabbage (rich in flavonoids); yellow-orange foods like carrots, winter squash, papaya, and melon (rich in beta-carotene); red or pink foods like tomatoes, guava, and watermelon (rich in lycopene); and green foods like kale, spinach, and collard greens (rich in chlorophyll). Yet, since not all phytonutrients give color, it's important to not overlook some off-white foods as well—for example, garlic, onions, and leeks are rich in powerful sulfur-containing phytonutrients."
This article below also gives some examples of spices that contain phytonutrients, such as turmeric, ginger and fennel.
"Turmeric, ginger, coriander, cumin and fennel are just a few of the spices containing phytonutrients, according to The Detroit News. Cinnamon has been found to help control blood sugar and improve insulin resistance in diabetics. Paprika may help raise good cholesterol, and ginger, coriander and cumin may promote healthy digestion."
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