Photo credits: StockSnap.io

Anxiety is the apprehension about an upcoming challenge. Often such reaction leads to overthinking the situation and becomes a constant source of stress. It is the most common mental illness in the US. Nearly 20% of Americans suffer from anxiety. Anxiety and Depression Association of America is a comprehensive resource of therapist directories, blogs, news, information, and tips for those suffering from anxiety. In this article, we collect evidence-backed strategies for reducing anxiety.

It has been shown that adequate levels of Omega-3 fatty acids reduce inflammation in the brain and decrease anger and anxiety. The effect is more pronounced with increased dosage of eicosaptentaenoic acid, more popularly known as EPA, than with docosahexaenoic acid or DHA.

Doctors have argued that depression and anxiety are likely a response to increase in levels of inflammation throughout the body, especially the brain. Dr. Barry Sears, PhD, argues that cellular inflammation is one of the primary causes of anxiety and depression. In his book Toxic Fat, he suggests that increased anxiety and depression in the American populace is the result higher exposure to arachidonic acid (AA). Increased consumption of refined carbohydrates lead to execessive insulin generation. This coupled with the higher intake of Omega-6 fatty acids from vegetable oils leads to a surge in AA production.

Do you know any other research backed ways to reduce anxiety?

Help out by reporting them here.

Related posts