Almonds are some of the most underrated nutrient foods we see and consume constantly. An article from CalmClinic.com states: “They contain zinc, a key nutrient for maintaining a balanced mood – and have both iron and healthy fats. Healthy fats are an important part of a balanced diet, and low iron levels have been known to cause brain fatigue, which can contribute to both anxiety and a lack of energy.” Where curing brain fatigue and giving a balanced mood is a nice start, there is more working underneath the surface when an almond breaks down in the body. So what is the secret and how is it useful?
Well, contrary to popular belief, almonds are not a full protein chain. Meaning, they don’t contain enough of the 9 essential amino acids to be classified as such. But studies do show that they contain enough manganese and vitamin E to help relieve anxiety and mild depression. Manganese is a mineral that effects your metabolism as a co-enzyme to break down essential B and C vitamins. Manganese also has other special roles like developing healthy bones, blood-sugar regulation, kick-starting body metabolism, protection against diseases and anti-inflammation. Almonds also contain Tyrosine, which is an amino acid that breaks down into dopamine and then norepinephrine to satisfy and subtly influence your reward pathway and helps your brain perceive life as being more enjoyable! Really, all of these benefits play a key role in brain health, but the most vital for depression and anxiety is the management of tyrosine and cortisol levels and the aid of breaking down B complex vitamins which are natural mood stabilizers.
Most everyone is aware of a caffeine crash. This happens due to the excessive amounts of Tyrosine being taken in from caffeine molecules and broken down, maximizing your dopamine stimulation for a short period of time. But what goes up, must come down. Meaning if this situation were a wave graph, the trough of the wave would be very similar to the amount that the crest has exceeded equilibrium. Using almonds before drinking coffee can help smooth the curves of this effect so that it doesn’t become an uncomfortable process. This same effect can happen for anxiety and depression. Like me, if you have ever woken up in the middle of the night or morning feeling anxious, fearful and uncertain of what your day holds, this may be a chemical imbalance and can be cured by leaving almonds on your bedside table and taking 8-12 of them as needed.
Some people that I know will carry a bag of almonds around with them for this very reason! Where it is a good idea, most of the time I don’t feel like carrying a bag of almonds around, but I do see the benefit in eating them when I wake up. So try this when you wake up or when feeling anxious throughout the day and notice the difference it makes! Take it from me, it is always better to start the day with a healthy metabolism and a clear head.
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