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Re: Sugar, anxiety?
May 21, 2006
basically anything thats rich in B vitamins and magnesium. base your diet around complex low GI carbs with moderate amounts of lean protein (white meat and fish are best, eg. turkey has twice as much L-typtophan/ 100grams, which is the precursor to serotonin, than beef) and lots of essential fats (nuts, seeds, avacados, cold poressed veg oils, oily fish). this will help increase GABA and serotonin levels in the brain. avoid too much protein as this tends to have more of a stimulating effect on brain chemistry, not what an anxious person needs! number one i'd say though are oats. oats have been used for centuries to help with cravings and still today you can buy oats in supplement form to counteract nicotine withdrawal. they have a very calming and soothing effect on the nerves and mood and help with depression and anxiety. other good bets are brown rice, whole wheat, rye bread, barley in stews and soups, pulses. also, enough fresh fruit and veg to povide vitamin C. (vitamin C, magnesium and the B-complex are the main nutrient co-factors needed for serotonin release and utilisation in the brain). in my experience a mostly vegetarian with complementing vegetable proteins diet with small amounts of lean meat seems to work best for me.


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