Stress-relieving superfoods

Updated 8:52 AM ET, Tue April 14, 2015
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Blueberries contain antioxidants that improve your reaction to stress, so if you're feeling the pressure, grab some of these. Click through our gallery to see other foods that help reduce stress. Photo Illustration/Shutterstock
Pumpkin seeds, as well as flaxseed and sunflower seeds, contain magnesium, which is known to alleviate depression, fatigue and irritability -- all side effects of stress. Photo Illustration/Shutterstock
Cashews contain zinc, which could help in reducing your anxiety. Photo Illustration/Shutterstock
While the tryptophan in turkey is known to make you sleepy, it also helps the body produce serotonin, which contributes to a happy mood. It can also have a calming effect. Photo Illustration/Shutterstock
Spinach and other green leafy vegetables contain folate, which produces dopamine in your brain. This pleasure-inducing chemical helps you maintain your sense of calm. Photo Illustration/Shutterstock
Milk that has been fortified with vitamin D can boost your happiness. It has also been known to reduce panic disorders. Photo Illustration/Shutterstock
Focusing on the negative? A repetitive task like shelling pistachios is relaxing. These nuts can also lower your blood pressure and heart rate. Photo Illustration/Shutterstock
Craving carbohydrates when you're stressed? Reach for oatmeal rather than a doughnut. It can help your brain produce serotonin without adding a spike to your blood sugar. Photo Illustration/Shutterstock
Stress comes with its added hormones of adrenaline and cortisol, but the anti-inflammatory properties in salmon can counteract those negative effects. Photo Illustration/Shutterstock
Avocado is filling and satisfying, which helps shut down your stress-eating impulse. MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images
Does your stress go along with an upset stomach, or vice versa? The probiotics in yogurt can help. Photo Illustration/Shutterstock
If chocolate is your go-to when you're stressed, consider having a calming bite of dark chocolate. The antioxidants can lower your blood pressure and its unique substances can actually create a sense of euphoria. Photo Illustration/Shutterstock