Feel Anxious and on Edge? Get More of These Flavonoid-Rich Foods!

Feeling Anxious and On Edge? Get More of These Flavonoid-Rich Foods!
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As it turns out, flavonoids seem to work mechanistically similar to anti-anxiety drugs: they are able to pass the blood-brain barrier, but without the side effects of medications.

Benzodiazepines like diazepam (Valium) are well-known drugs to help people to feel calmer through their sedating, hypnotic, anti-anxiety, muscle-relaxant effects. These effects are thought to occur, at least in part, because of the drug's ability to enhance the neurotransmitter, gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), at a specific receptor site in the brain. As it turns out, certain members of the class of phytochemicals called flavonoids seem to work mechanistically similar to benzodiazepines.


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