Foods for Stress Relief

 By Zarifah binti Aziz | Published on May 26, 2022

Everyone has stress in their everyday life, but how we deal with it is important. Too much stress can harm our health, thus eating a well-balanced and nutritious diet is essential for good stress management.
Here are some stress-relieving foods.

Foods for Stress Relief

Dark chocolate

Dark chocolate has been shown to reduce stress hormone levels in studies. Chocolate also contains a lot of tryptophan, which the body turns into mood-boosting neurotransmitters like serotonin in the brain. However, please be aware of the portion.

Foods for Stress Relief


Yogurt is a probiotic food that may help to improve mental health and brain function by reducing inflammation and increasing the production of mood-enhancing neurotransmitters such as serotonin. 

So, instead of ice cream, have yoghurt with fresh fruit as a topping if you’re stressed.

Worst Food for Stress

Brazil nuts

Selenium, which is rich in Brazil nuts, can help to enhance mood by reducing inflammation. When someone has a mood disorder, such as anxiety, this is often at a high level. 

However, for an adult, the suggested upper limit for selenium is 400 micrograms (mcg) per day. As a result, avoid taking high-dose supplements or eating more than three to four Brazil nuts per day.

Citrus fruit and bell peppers

They’re high in vitamin C, which has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant characteristics that can help to prevent cell damage that might cause anxiety.





Calcium, protein, and other nutrients are rich in milk. Calcium has been shown in studies to help with anxiety and mood changes associated with premenstrual syndrome (PMS). 

Choosing skim or low-fat milk and drinking a glass of warm milk before bedtime will help you get a better night’s sleep.


Raw Veggies

Stress can be relieved by eating a crunchy raw vegetable such as carrots, cucumber or celery sticks. Munching on these raw vegetables can help relieve tension by releasing a tightened jaw. They’re also low in calories and high in nutrient-dense foods, so you won’t gain weight.


Other foods:

  • Green tea
  • Chamomile tea
  • Turmeric 
  • Avocado
  • Eggs, meat and dairy product



Foods That Help Tame Stress.  WebMD. Retrieved from

Jillian Kubala. (2020). 18 Terrific Foods to Help Relieve Stress. Healthline. Retrieved from

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