Green or Black Tea. Green tea is Dr. Naidoo's go-to for brain health and anxiety. The polyphenols and epigallocatechin-3-gallate are abundant. She said EGCG's anti-inflammatory qualities can lower the risk of neurological illnesses with age.
Kefir sans sugar Fermented foods like whole milk unsweetened kefir breed beneficial gut bacteria. This reduces inflammation and boosts the production of enzymes, neurotransmitters, and other components the brain needs to function well
Berries Berry fiber and antioxidants like vitamins C and E are abundant. Dr. Naidoo says they include calcium, folic acid, selenium, lutein, and alpha and beta carotene.
Avocados Avocados are magnesium-rich. One avocado has 58 milligrams of magnesium, per the Cleveland Clinic.
The Egg Yolk Vitamin D is abundant in egg yolks—37 IU per large yolk. "The research provides clear support for the role of vitamin D in helping symptoms of depression and anxiety," Dr. Naidoo. Fat-soluble vitamin D aids calcium absorption, bone development, mineralization, and remodeling.
Green Leafies "Leafy greens are an excellent source of fiber and carotenoids and are rich in folate, or vitamin B9," says Dr. Naidoo. They have vitamin C, K, and calcium. Folate supports neurotransmitters, which regulate mood, cognition, anxiety, and stress.