Ten Foods and Drinks That Are Proven to Relieve Stress

Are you feeling a bit down, a bit depressed? If you are you might want to think about consuming more of these ten foods and drinks because they have been proven to relieve stress. It’s important to note here that none of these things on this list are a replacement for therapy or antidepressants, they are just proven to lighten peoples moods when they suffer from mild depression. If you notice signs that your mental health is deteriorating you should seek professional help. But if you are just starting to notice the signs of depression these consumables might well help…

Foods and Drinks That Are Proven to Relieve Stress

Brazil nuts

Brazil nuts are high in selenium which has been shown to improve one’s mood by reducing inflammation, which is often at heightened levels when someone has a mood disorder. They are also full of antioxidants which have also been shown to slow down cell damage inside your brain.

Matcha Tea

It’s not so much the way you consume matcha powder, it is more about the benefits of the powder itself. Being rich in L-theanine, a non-protein amino acid it makes this powder a powerful stress-reliever. I just prefer it in tea but you could always make some nice matcha macaroons instead.

Sweet Potatoes

In a recent study of 100 people who replaced all their potato intake with sweet potatoes, it was noted over half of them felt significantly happier within themselves and about themselves as well. Once tested all of them had significantly lower levels of the stress hormone Cortisol.

Acerola Cherries

Acerola Cherries

These tasty cherries are one of the most concentrated sources of vitamin C on the planet and boast 100% more vitamin C than oranges! Vitamin C of course is involved in stress response and has been shown to improve peoples overall mood.

Herbal Tea

Have you ever had a cup of herbal tea and felt warmth and calmness inside of yourself? That is because herbal tea has been used for centuries for its health benefits with some being reducing symptoms of stress, anxiety and other mental health concerns.

Dark Chocolate

Dark Chocolate

Chocolate feels like such an indulgence that it should be on prescription for stress relief. It is rich in antioxidants which have been proven to help reduce stress by lowering levels of stress hormones in the body.

Whole Grain Bread

Just a single whole grain bread sandwich might make you feel on top of the world because it is said to temporarily increase levels of serotonin. Even a single slice can see a small increase and even more so if you chuck some salmon into that sandwich!



It doesn’t really matter what seafood you eat because most of them contain high amounts of Omega 3, but salmon contains the highest amount. Omega 3’s are proven to help ease the early signs of depression by increasing the production of mood-related brain molecules.

Cows Milk

Have you ever tried a warm cup of cows milk before bedtime? If you have you might have noticed that you slept better and for longer. It is said to have a relaxing effect on the whole body and a mental health boost on the psychological level.



Not only does oatmeal reduce the level of stress hormones in the brain, but it also makes you feel fuller for longer making it a great breakfast idea. This, in turn, will help many people lose weight and that will also make them feel less stressed!

Do you know of any other foods that are good for stress and anxiety levels? If you do why not leave a comment below.