Top 5 Best Foods to Help Relieve Stress

Stress can take a toll on your overall health, including your oral health. Studies have indicated that psychological stress is linked to serious oral health conditions like gum disease, teeth grinding, and dry mouth. [LINK to Study]

In this article, we’ll discuss five of the best foods that can help you combat stress while promoting good oral health.


The Science Behind Stress and Nutrition

Research published in Journal of Nutrition & Food Sciences has shown that during times of stress, your body’s demand for specific nutrients, such as vitamin C, vitamin B, selenium, and magnesium, increases. [LINK to Study PDF] The quality and quantity of nutrients you consume over time can influence your body’s neural circuits responsible for emotion, motivation, and mood. Furthermore, there is a significant connection between your gut microbiota and how the foods you consume affect your emotional well-being.


Five Best Foods to Help Relieve Stress


① Swiss Chard

This leafy green vegetable is a stress-fighting powerhouse. One cup of cooked Swiss chard contains 36% of your recommended daily magnesium intake, which plays a vital role in your body’s stress response. Maintaining sufficient magnesium levels is crucial, as low levels are associated with conditions like anxiety and panic attacks. Chronic stress can also deplete your body’s magnesium stores, making this mineral particularly important during stressful periods.

LINK to Studies  [1]  [2]


② Fatty Fish

Incorporating fatty fish such as mackerel, herring, salmon, and sardines into your diet can significantly reduce stress levels and improve your mood. These fish are rich in omega-3 fats and vitamin D, both of which play essential roles in brain health and stress regulation. Omega-3s not only support brain health but may also help your body handle stress better. Conversely, low omega-3 intake has been linked to increased anxiety and depression. Vitamin D deficiency is also associated with a higher risk of anxiety and depression.

LINK to Studies  [2]  [3]


③ Blueberries

Known for various health benefits, blueberries are a wonderful addition to combat stress. Packed with flavonoid antioxidants, they have potent anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective effects. These antioxidants may reduce stress-related inflammation and protect against cellular damage caused by stress. Studies have even shown that consuming flavonoid-rich foods like blueberries can act as a safeguard against depression and elevate your mood.

LINK to Studies  [5]  [6]  [7]


④ Eggs

Often referred to as nature’s multivitamin, whole eggs contain an impressive nutrient profile essential for a healthy stress response. Rich in choline, a nutrient found in only a few foods, eggs play a crucial role in brain health and may offer protection against stress. Animal studies suggest that choline supplements can aid stress response and enhance mood.

LINK to Studies  [8]


⑤ Matcha Powder

This vibrant green tea powder is a favourite among health enthusiasts for its stress-relieving properties. High in L-theanine, a non-protein amino acid, matcha can have powerful stress-relieving effects. Unlike regular green tea, matcha is shade-grown, enhancing its L-theanine content. Both human and animal studies have demonstrated that matcha can reduce stress when its L-theanine content is high enough and its caffeine content is low. For example, a study involving 36 participants who consumed matcha powder daily showed significantly reduced stress markers.

LINK to Studies  [9]  [10]  [11]



Incorporating these stress-relieving foods into your diet can not only help you manage stress but also contribute to maintaining good oral health. Remember, stress is a common cause of health problems, and your oral health is no exception. By making conscious choices about what you eat, you can naturally promote stress relief and achieve a healthier smile.

It’s essential to prioritize your overall well-being, and at Family Care Dental Clinic, we care deeply about your health, both dental and beyond. We encourage you to try incorporating some of these stress-relieving foods into your diet to support your overall health and well-being. If you have any questions about your oral health or need personalized dental care, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. Together, we can work towards a healthier and stress-free smile.


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