This Food May Help Prevent Anxiety, Says Study


A healthy diet can benefit you in many ways. It can make you feel more confident and energetic. Over time, eating healthy can improve your physical and mental well-being.

An unhealthy diet may contribute to feelings of depression and anxiety. Eating excessive amounts of unhealthy fats (such as saturated fats found in fast foods), processed foods, and highly sweet or salty foods can lead to weight gain or obesity, both of which can harm self-esteem and overall happiness.

Researchers in Tokyo at the National Center of Neurology and Psychiatry have recently been studying how diet can affect anxiety.

They found that eating fish rich in certain nutrients like omega-3 fatty acids may lead to less anxiety or a faster recovery from a stressed state.

To test how various nutrients affected anxiety levels, the researchers fed fish to mice and measured their stress levels after causing them to feel anxious or distressed.

The mice who were fed fish high in omega-3 fatty acids were found to recover from stress and anxiety faster than the other mice.

The researchers hope to find out whether the results of their study can benefit humans. If so, it may be beneficial for humans to eat a certain amount of omega-3 fatty acids on a regular basis. This would hopefully lead them to feel less anxious or keep them from growing overly anxious.

To learn more about the Japanese study (including which kinds of fish may be the most beneficial for preventing anxiety), click the link here:

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