Eating up to seven servings of fruits and vegetables a day can lower the risk of physiological stress in middle-aged women according to a new research from the University of Sydney, Australia.
Having analyzed 60,404 men and women aged 45 and older, the researchers come to the conclusion that moderate and vegetable intake lowered the stress risk in women by 23%, compared to the women who didn’t consume vegetables or fruits (or eat just one serving) per day.
The authors of the study write: “Fruit and vegetable consumption may help reduce the prevalence of psychological distress among middle-aged and older adults. However, the association between fruit and vegetable consumption and the incidence of psychological distress requires further investigation and possibly, a longer follow-up time.”
A new study, published in the journal Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, discovered that such popular vegetables as onions, leeks, and artichokes help humans to relax and have a better sleep at night. These plants are high in prebiotics and fiber.
For the study, a team of scientists fed 3-week-old male rats a diet of either standard chow or chow with prebiotics. The rats that consumed prebiotics spent more time in rapid-eye-movement sleep.
The researchers from the University of Colorado Boulder that executed the study say: “It is possible that a diet rich in prebiotics started in early life could help improve sleep, support the gut microbiota and promote optimal brain/psychological health.”
Modern life cannot be imagined without daily stressful situations, from work issues to major life events. The good news is that you can relieve your stress eating right foods, and we’re not talking about chips or cookies. Here are best 6 healthy food choices to relax mind:
- Chamomile tea.
- Spinach and other greens.
- Any combination of protein, fibre and good fat.
More information about these stress-relieving foods you can find here.