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Eating the right foods helps ward off mental problems, British researchers say. In a survey of 200 people, 88 percent reported that modifying their diet improved their mental health. Many of the subjects found relief from panic attacks, anxiety and depression by cutting down on sugar, caffeine and alcohol and loading up on water, vegetables, fruit and Omega 3-rich fish and flaxseed.

Certain foods contain compounds to help you relax, clear your mind and prevent depression. Avocados are rich in B vitamins, including B6, which appears to elevate mood. Bananas also contain B6, as well as magnesium, a muscle-tension fighter that helps you relax. The selenium found in Brazil Nuts reportedly improves mood, while oatmeal and orange juice both contain essential vitamins that may prevent depression. Aim to incorporate a variety of these foods into your diet to help beat the blues and the winter blahs.

Those informative British researchers also say that frequent snacking, or grazing, may lower your cholesterol, according to a report in the British Medical Journal. Those who ate five or six times a day had five percent lower total cholesterol and LDL ("bad") cholesterol than others who ate only twice a day.


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