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World Health Organization officials today announced the launch of the WHO Foundation, a legally separate body that will help expand the agency's donor base and allow it to take donations from the general public.
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By Aaron Mok
The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has upended nearly every aspect of modern society, but especially the food system. Farmers are being forced to discard unprecedented amounts of food surplus because of the closure of schools, restaurants, and hotels. And, because of the complex logistics of the food supply chain, diverting food supply away from wholesalers directly into the hands of consumers can be costly. Experts like Dana Gunders from ReFED are concerned that more food waste will be produced in 2020 than in previous years.
Despite these challenges, organizations around the world are working to reduce food waste. In honor of Stop Food Waste Day on the 29th of April, Food Tank is highlighting 23 organizations and companies trying to eliminate pandemic-fueled food waste.
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Organic farmers in Africa face an arduous journey getting cropland certified, limiting exports and frustrating farmers who say ecological practices could increase food security while protecting the land.
Fighting Hunger<p>Conventional farming uses artificial fertilizers and pesticides, some of which kill wildlife and may damage human health, particularly in countries where they are poorly regulated or overused.</p><p><a href="https://www.dw.com/en/why-biodiversity-loss-hurts-humans-as-much-as-climate-change/a-48579014" target="_blank">A landmark report on biodiversity</a> published by UN-backed scientists last year found that converting land for intensive agriculture is one of the biggest drivers of wildlife loss and degradation of nature — and that this, in turn, endangers the global food system through the less of healthy soil, clean waterways and <a href="https://www.dw.com/en/insect-apocalypse-dying-ecosystem-species-loss-a-52160360/a-52160360" target="_blank">insects that pollinate plants</a>.</p>
Access to Finance<p>The area of organic farmland in Africa has doubled in the last decade to 2.1 million hectares, FiBL data shows, with the biggest organic centers in North and <a href="https://www.dw.com/en/feeding-east-africa-locals-skeptical-of-gm-crops/a-42385062" target="_blank">East Africa</a> and the crops they grow enjoyed the world over. In Kenya, nuts and coconuts dominate organic output. In Tunisia it is olives. Ethiopia and Tanzania are big coffee-growers, while in Uganda, home to the most organic producers in Africa, the crop of choice is cacao.</p><p>Despite some successes, farmers such as Nashera and Koleta, in Kenya, are caught in a bind between domestic markets not willing to pay a premium for organic food and wealthier regions to which they cannot export without expensive certification. A survey of African farmers by UNCTAD in 2016 found that a quarter of stakeholders thought access to finance had gotten more restrictive in the last five years. Only 13 percent said it had become more efficient.</p><p>But the industry is held back by more than just money, said Okisegere Ojepat, CEO of trade association Fresh Produce Kenya. A lack of crop-specific research and equipment, including understanding of weather patterns and pest control, is keeping farmers from innovating. Pushing for more organic farming without building technical capacity would not be sustainable in the long run, said Ojepat. "It is a double-edged sword."</p><p>Organic farmers looking to reach markets abroad are trying short-term fixes. To reduce the cost of certification — which requires paying auditors from Europe and North America to fly in and inspect farms — organic farmers could apply to be certified together, said Claire Nasike, founder of environmental educational charity the Hummingbird Foundation and an agroecologist at Greenpeace Africa, which has trained a network of farmers who are now applying to be certified as a group.</p><p>"The farmers are able to hold each other accountable," said Nasike. "If one person messes it up, the entire group's certification is cancelled."</p>
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Farmworkers feed the world. This is the rallying cry of the Student Action with Farmworkers (SAF), an organization that works with students, advocates, and farmworkers across the United States to create a more just agricultural system. The crucial contribution that farmworkers make to the food system has only heightened amid the C0VID-19 pandemic, as farmworkers are among the list of critical positions that the United States Department of Homeland Security encouraged to continue a normal working schedule.
1. American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO)<p>The AFL-CIO is the largest U.S. based federation of unions that protects the rights of workers in a variety of industries, including food and agriculture. They take action to prevent child labor in agriculture, support diversity in farming and land access, improve farm and food worker wages, ensure overtime pay, and fight for immigration policies that help agricultural workers attain employment security.</p>
2. Center for Good Food Purchasing<p>The Center for Good Food Purchasing encourages large institutions to adopt the Good Food Purchasing Program (GFPP) – an initiative that facilitates shifts in institutional food purchasing toward local food economies, environmental sustainability, valued workforce, animal welfare, and nutrition. Implementation of the GFPP is currently being carried out in multiple cities and school districts across the U.S.</p>
3. Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW)<p>The CIW is a worker rights organization that exemplifies the power of farmworker community organizing. Their internationally recognized Worker-driven Social Responsibility paradigm led to significant advances in human rights within corporate supply chains. Through this approach, the CIW successfully negotiated agreements that improved worker labor standards and wages with Whole Foods, McDonald's, Subway, and Walmart through its Fair Food Program focused on Florida tomato growers.</p>
4. Community Alliance for Global Justice (CAGJ)<p>CAGJ is a grassroots organization based in Seattle, WA that aims to strengthen local economies by transforming unjust trade and agricultural policies. Through community education, grassroots organizing, research and analysis, and media outreach they support healthy local food economies in which optimal labor rights are achieved.</p>
5. Fairfood International<p>Fairfood international works to create a food system in which value is distributed along the supply chain proportionally and food is produced with the wellbeing of people, animals, and the planet in mind. By advancing supply chain transparency they help the agri-food sector identify improvements in sustainability and solutions for the payment of a living wage in supply chains.</p>
6. Fair World Project (FWP)<p>FWP is a global organization devoted to promoting fair trade for small producers and labor justice for workers. They emphasize that unfair trade policies and corporate-friendly business practices continue to harm people and the planet. Their solution is to educate and advocate for a just global economy that respects the environment and they have <a href="https://fairworldproject.org/take-action/fair-food/" target="_blank">active campaigns</a> supporting coffee, melon, and cocoa farmers and farmworkers.</p>
7. Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC)<p>FLOC is a labor union affiliated with the AFL-CIO that aims to give farmworkers a voice in the decisions that affect their economic security and wellbeing. Baldemar Velasquez founded the organization in 1967 and built it into a more than 20,000-member strong organization that mobilizes, educates, and trains farmworkers to advocate for their labor rights.</p>
8. Farmworker Justice<p>Farmworker Justice seeks to empower migrant and seasonal farmworkers to achieve fair wages, occupational safety, immigration status, and improved overall living and working conditions. They frequently engage with government officials and administrative agencies to advocate for improvements in U.S. labor laws, guest worker programs, and clearer paths to U.S. citizenship for the <a href="https://www.farmworkerjustice.org/advocacy-and-programs/agjobs" target="_blank">approximately 1.25 million seasonal workers</a> on U.S. farms and ranches that lack authorized immigration status.</p>
9. Food Chain Workers Alliance (FCWA)<p>The Food Chain Workers Alliance is a Los Angeles, California based coalition of worker rights organizations. They advocate for improved wages and working conditions for the people who plant, harvest, process, pack, transport, prepare, serve, and sell food. The FCWA also leverages the Good Food Purchasing Program as a tool to win fair wages and improve working conditions within institutional supply chains.</p>
10. International Labor Organization (ILO)<p>The ILO is a United Nations agency devoted to promoting social justice and ensuring that internationally recognized human and labor rights are upheld. Their <a href="http://www.ilo.org/global/topics/decent-work/lang--en/index.htm" target="_blank">Decent Work Agenda</a> focuses on working with stakeholders in their 187 member states to set labor standards and develop policies and programs that support decent work, fair globalization, and poverty reduction.</p>
11. La Via Campesina<p>La Via Campesina is an international coalition of organizations that defend food sovereignty as a way to promote social justice and worker dignity. They built a movement that amplifies the voices of smallholder peasant farmers and aims to decentralize the power of corporate driven agriculture, which they argue is destructive to the environment and social relations.</p>
12. Migrant Justice<p>The mission of Migrant Justice is to strengthen the capacity and power of the farmworker community to collectively organize for economic justice and human rights. By investing in leadership development, Migrant Justice enhances farmworker community members' skills in community organizing and capacity to produce systemic change. Among their accomplishments is the <a href="https://migrantjustice.net/victory" target="_blank">Milk with Dignity</a> agreement with Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream, an industry contract to implement a worker-driven social responsibility program.</p>
13. Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance (NAMA)<p>As an organization led by fisherfolk, NAMA was founded to promote healthy and economically secure fisheries and fishing communities. Their organizing efforts extend beyond human rights to include sustainability efforts that ensure the long-term resilience of marine food systems and the promotion of equitable access to fair markets for small and medium-scale community-based fisherfolk.</p>
14. Oxfam International<p>Oxfam international operates in more than 90 countries and is centrally focused on ending the injustice of global poverty. They place a large emphasis on food and farming in their work because they <a href="https://www.oxfamamerica.org/explore/issues/food-farming-and-hunger/" target="_blank">note</a> that three-fourths of the world's hungry people live in rural areas, many of whom are farmers, fishers, herders, and laborers. Through Oxfam's <a href="https://www.behindthebrands.org/" target="_blank">Behind the Brands Campaign</a>, consumers can track major food brand's progress in supporting farmworkers and the planet.</p>
15. Solidarity Center<p>The Washington, D.C. based Solidarity Center is an international organization partnering with over 400 labor unions and human rights organizations in 60 countries to support workers' rights. Seafood, agriculture, and food processing are among the many industries that they aim to effect change in by providing technical and legal expertise, bolstering union's advocacy efforts, connecting workers to protective networks, and more.</p>
16. Teamsters<p>Teamsters is one of North America's most diverse labor unions, representing workers in a wide range of industries from sanitation workers in New York to vegetable growers in California. The organization supports workers in advocating for contracts that ensure fair wages, health coverage, job security, paid time-off and retirement income. Once these contracts are negotiated, Teamsters works to hold companies accountable by invoking contract grievance procedures if necessary.</p>
17. United Farmworkers of America (UFW)<p>National Farmworker Awareness week ends on a day commemorating the founder of UFW, Cesar Chavez, because the organization is the nation's first union explicitly for farmworkers. Their work to protect labor rights in the agricultural sector continues today as they have facilitated dozens of UFW union contract victories that secured farmworkers' rights including fair wages, overtime pay, protections from occupational health hazards, and more.</p>
18. Walk Free<p>Walk free tackles one of the world's most complex and prevalent human rights issues—modern slavery. They devote resources and collaborative organizing efforts to drive behavior and legislative changes that liberate people trapped in slavery. They also conduct research to build a comprehensive database of the estimated <a href="https://www.minderoo.org/walk-free/#overview" target="_blank">44 million people</a> living in modern slavery and have campaigned to protect children working in the chocolate industry as well as farmworkers in the palm oil industry.</p><p>Farmworkers truly are the backbone of our food system and these 18 organizations work to ensure that their rights are being adequately met or exceeded. By continuing to work during the COVID-19 pandemic, farmworkers are risking their health to prevent disruptions in the food supply. National Farmworker Awareness Week provides a time to reflect on the contributions farmworkers make to society and raise awareness about the issues they continue to grapple with, especially in the face of global pandemic.</p><p>Student Action with Farmworkers has a number of <a href="https://saf-unite.org/content/national-farmworker-awareness-week" target="_blank">resources</a> and to help individuals and organizations engage in the 21st Annual National Farmworker Awareness week from March 25-31, 2020.</p>
Efforts to contain the Wuhan coronavirus and fears that it can spread and form a global pandemic have slowed industries around the world.
Shipping is delayed, cars and electronics are stalled on the assembly line, and commodity markets around the world are predicting losses because of the virus. Fears around the virus even have Olympic officials worried that it could impact Tokyo's planning for the summer games scheduled for the end of July, according to CNN.
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The UN World Food Program (WFP) said on Tuesday that will need to raise $6.8 billion over the next six months to avert famine triggered by the coronavirus pandemic crisis.
Over 1 Billion Raised<p>The UN food agency is the world's largest humanitarian organization and it is entirely funded by donations. In 2019, the money it raised funded school meals for 17.3 million children globally and delivered 4.2 million tonnes of food to regions or countries.</p><p>Beasley is now urging donors, including governments and institutions, but also the more than 2,000 billionaires in the world - who hold a combined net worth of $8 trillion - to donate to the WFP.</p><p>The organization has so far raised $1.6 billion, far below the target needed this year. </p>
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Hanging on a gate is a sign reading: "Potatoes — healthy and delicious." The slogan, to which the word "rare" could justifiably be added, is in line with Cornel Lindemann-Berk's philosophy of quality over quantity. "We don't have enough rain in the summer," he tells DW. "And since we don't want to water them, we've turned this weakness into a strength."
This Is Conventional Organic Farming<p>This family-run business in Germany's Rhineland region is one of 10 farms across the country taking part in a project to test and implement practical and economically viable conservation measures alongside traditional agriculture.</p><p>By taking part in the project, which is known as F.R.A.N.Z. (Future Resources, Agriculture & Nature Conservation) and runs from 2017 to 2027, Lindemann-Berk is on his way to becoming an organic farmer.</p><p>"As part of this project, we don't use liquid manure or crop protection agents," he says. "The yield is sometimes zero, because weeds such as thistles and burdock are rampant here." For every crop plant, around 30 unwanted herbs and grass also push through the ground.</p><p>Lindemann-Berk has been making losses on grain and rapeseed for years. But when he took over the Gut Neu-Hemmerich farm three decades ago he converted several disused buildings into flats and offices, and so he doesn't have to rely on agriculture alone to make a living. Nonetheless, it's still important to him to plant a diversity of grains. He doesn't cultivate monocultures but practices crop rotation, just as farmers did centuries ago. Varying what he grows each year helps to regenerate the soil, while also reducing disease and pests.</p><p>As part of other experiments for F.R.A.N.Z, Lindemann-Berk has sown corn and runner beans together. The beans grow up the corn plants and prevent light from reaching the soil, thereby significantly reducing the growth of weeds. Because the beans are rich in protein and the corn contains starch, the mix also lends itself to cattle feed.</p><p>"Skylark-windows" — rectangular strips in the shape of windows which are cut into the crops — were also introduced in the fields. This allowed the heavily decimated bird population to breed undisturbed on the ground among the dense grain.</p><p>Lindemann-Berk only uses fertilizers and <a href="https://www.dw.com/en/deadly-pesticides-in-eu-produce-from-turkey/a-52142826" target="_blank">pesticides</a> in an emergency — and even then in homeopathic doses.</p><p>"Too much fertilizer can even cause unwanted weeds to multiply. We've been calculating the requirements for more than 40 years. Using soil samples, we examine the amount of nutrients in the soil and calculate exactly how much fertilizer we need to use in order to get a good yield. Only then do we buy what we need," he says.</p>
High Tech in the Fields<p>He also prefers to use organic fertilizer made of animal excrement. "It's delivered from the Netherlands, because there's hardly any livestock nearby," he says. His farm supplies grain for the Dutch cattle. "So why shouldn't we get the animal's excrement back?" he asks wryly. "Organisms in the soil digest the valuable liquid fertilizer and excrete minerals like nitrogen, which the plants then absorb through their roots."</p><p>This liquid crop protection mixture can be applied to troublesome plants using a satellite-navigated and digitally controlled syringe. This kind of work is particularly effective after sunset.</p><p>With the help of his own weather station, data collected from the soil and the meteorological service, Lindemann-Berk can make forecasts in order to calculate the risk of attack from fungus. Even then, pesticides should only be used if the plant isn't able to help itself.</p><p>By using lactic acid bacteria, Lindemann-Berk was able to dramatically reduce his use of chemical fungicides.</p><p>Once the harvest is complete, he takes soil samples again. "So far, the measurements have shown no <a href="https://www.dw.com/en/defending-glyphosate-a-roundup-of-german-agribusiness-sentiments/a-48841453" target="_blank">residues of glyphosate</a> and its breakdown products within the grain," he says.</p><p>He points to the shelf behind him, which is full of files, explaining how he has to keep his records for five years. Although <a href="https://www.dw.com/en/germany-sets-new-restrictions-on-glyphosate/a-46172338" target="_blank">fertilizer regulations have been tightening for many years</a> now — <a href="https://www.dw.com/en/german-farmers-overregulation-is-the-last-thing-we-need/a-51418355" target="_blank">causing many farmers to give up on agriculture</a> — he says the positive impacts won't show up in groundwater for 30 years.</p>
Not an Organic Farm — but Still Environmentally Friendly<p>Organic farms can only treat their plants with copper formulations, which stimulate growth and act as deterrents against fungus. Although it's a heavy metal, people still need copper in small doses to help with blood formation and to support a functioning nervous system.</p><p>"We do everything we can to be environmentally friendly, and do what the organic farms do so well," says Lindemann-Berk. "Because no one wants to harm the environment. Agribusinesses have been working in the same places for hundreds of years."</p><p>Sustainable practice is a priority here. But in order to be certified as an organic farm, he would need to pluck the weeds by hand and — as was done centuries ago — regularly rake the soil around the plants to uproot unwanted herbs and grasses.</p><p>"No one wants to do this job, not even young people doing an internship," he says. And so the job is left to machines, in the age of industrial agriculture in Germany.</p><p>Lindemann-Berk gives his plants plenty of space to grow, which allows them to absorb enough nutrients from the soil, and in turn leads to well-aerated earth that is less susceptible to fungal diseases. He also calls on customers who pay too much attention to the appearance of their fruits and vegetables to reconsider.</p><p>"If I offer my customers tasty and untreated apples from the orchards, you'll always get complaints about a few marks on the fruit," he says, adding that people want produce that is both organic and flawless. "Those two things don't go together."</p>
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1. Matcha Powder<p>This vibrant green tea powder is popular among health enthusiasts because it's rich in L-theanine, a non-protein amino acid with powerful stress-relieving properties.</p><p>Matcha is a better source of this amino acid than other types of green tea, as it's made from green tea leaves grown in shade. This process increases its content of certain compounds, including <a href="https://www.healthline.com/health/l-theanine" target="_blank">L-theanine</a>.</p><p>Both human and animal studies show that matcha may reduce stress if its L-theanine content is high enough and its caffeine is low.</p><p>For example, in a 15-day study, 36 people ate cookies containing 4.5 grams of <a href="https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/7-benefits-of-matcha-tea" target="_blank">matcha powder</a> each day. They experienced significantly reduced activity of the stress marker salivary alpha-amylase, compared with a placebo group.</p>
2. Swiss Chard<p>Swiss chard is a leafy green vegetable that's packed with stress-fighting nutrients.</p><p>Just 1 cup (175 grams) of cooked <a href="https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/swiss-chard" target="_blank">Swiss chard</a> contains 36% of the recommended intake for magnesium, which plays an important role in your body's stress response.</p><p><a href="https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/magnesium-deficiency-symptoms" target="_blank">Low levels of this mineral</a> are associated with conditions like anxiety and panic attacks. Plus, chronic stress may deplete your body's magnesium stores, making this mineral especially important when you're stressed.<a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6298677/" target="_blank"></a></p>
3. Sweet Potatoes<p>Eating whole, nutrient-rich carb sources like sweet potatoes may help <a href="https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/ways-to-lower-cortisol" target="_blank">lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol</a>.</p><p>Although cortisol levels are tightly regulated, chronic stress can lead to cortisol dysfunction, which may cause inflammation, pain, and other adverse effects.</p><p>An 8-week study in women with excess weight or obesity found that those who ate a diet rich in whole, nutrient-dense carbs had significantly lower levels of salivary cortisol than those who followed a standard American diet high in refined carbs.</p><p><a href="https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/sweet-potato-benefits" target="_blank">Sweet potatoes</a> are a whole food that makes an excellent carb choice. They're packed with nutrients that are important for stress response, such as vitamin C and potassium.<a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3560823/" target="_blank"></a></p>
4. Kimchi<p>Kimchi is a fermented vegetable dish that's typically made with napa cabbage and daikon, a type of radish. <a href="https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/8-fermented-foods" target="_blank">Fermented foods</a> like kimchi are packed with beneficial bacteria called probiotics and high in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.<span></span></p><p>Research reveals that fermented foods may help reduce stress and anxiety. For example, in a study in 710 young adults, those who ate fermented foods more frequently experienced fewer symptoms of social anxiety.</p><p>Many other studies show that probiotic supplements and probiotic-rich foods like <a href="https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/benefits-of-kimchi" target="_blank">kimchi</a> have beneficial effects on mental health. This is likely due to their interactions with your gut bacteria, which directly affect your mood.</p>
5. Artichokes<p>Artichokes are an incredibly concentrated source of fiber and especially rich in prebiotics, a type of fiber that feeds the friendly bacteria in your gut.<span></span></p><p>Animal studies indicate that <a href="https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/19-best-prebiotic-foods" target="_blank">prebiotics</a> like fructooligosaccharides (FOSs), which are concentrated in artichokes, may help reduce stress levels.</p><p>Plus, one review demonstrated that people who ate 5 or more grams of prebiotics per day experienced improved anxiety and depression symptoms, as well as that high quality, prebiotic-rich diets may reduce your risk of stress.</p><p><a href="https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/artichoke-benefits" target="_blank">Artichokes</a> are also high in potassium, magnesium, and vitamins C and K, all of which are essential for a healthy stress response.<a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3560823/" target="_blank"></a></p>
6. Organ Meats<p>rgan meats, which include the heart, liver, and kidneys of animals like cows and chickens, are an excellent source of <a href="https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/vitamin-b-complex" target="_blank">B vitamins</a>, especially B12, B6, riboflavin, and folate, which are essential for stress control.</p><p>For example, B vitamins are necessary for the production of neurotransmitters like dopamine and serotonin, which help regulate mood.</p><p>Supplementing with B vitamins or eating foods like <a href="https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/organ-meats" target="_blank">organ meats</a> may help reduce stress. A review of 18 studies in adults found that B vitamin supplements lowered stress levels and significantly benefited mood.</p><p>Just 1 slice (85 grams) of beef liver delivers over 50% of the Daily Value (DV) for vitamin B6 and folate, over 200% of the DV for riboflavin, and over 2,000% of the DV for vitamin B12.<a href="https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/782309/nutrients" target="_blank"></a></p>
7. Eggs<p>Eggs are often referred to as nature's multivitamin because of their impressive nutrient profile. <a href="https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/10-proven-health-benefits-of-eggs" target="_blank">Whole eggs</a> are packed with vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and antioxidants needed for a healthy stress response.</p><p>Whole eggs are particularly rich in choline, a nutrient found in large amounts in only a few foods. <a href="https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/what-is-choline" target="_blank">Choline</a> has been shown to play an important role in brain health and may protect against stress.</p><p>Animal studies note that choline supplements may aid stress response and boost mood.</p>
8. Shellfish<p>Shellfish, which include mussels, clams, and oysters, are high in amino acids like taurine, which has been studied for its potential mood-boosting properties.<span></span></p><p><a href="https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/what-is-taurine" target="_blank">Taurine</a> and other amino acids are needed to produce neurotransmitters like dopamine, which are essential for regulating stress response. In fact, studies indicate that taurine may have antidepressant effects.</p><p><a href="https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/shellfish" target="_blank">Shellfish</a> are also loaded with vitamin B12, zinc, copper, manganese, and selenium, all of which may help boost mood. A study in 2,089 Japanese adults associated low intakes of zinc, copper, and manganese with depression and anxiety symptoms.</p>
9. Acerola Cherry Powder<p>Acerola cherries are one of the most concentrated <a href="https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/vitamin-c-foods" target="_blank">sources of vitamin C</a>. They boast 50–100% more vitamin C than citrus fruits like oranges and lemons.<span></span></p><p>Vitamin C is involved in stress response. What's more, high vitamin C levels are linked to elevated mood and lower levels of depression and anger. Plus, eating foods rich in this vitamin may improve overall mood.</p><p>Although they can be enjoyed fresh, <a href="https://www.healthline.com/health/food-nutrition/acerola-cherry" target="_blank">acerola cherries</a> are highly perishable. As such, they're most often sold as a powder, which you can add to foods and beverages.</p>
10. Fatty Fish<p>Fatty fish like mackerel, herring, <a href="https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/11-benefits-of-salmon" target="_blank">salmon</a>, and sardines are incredibly rich in omega-3 fats and vitamin D, nutrients that have been shown to help reduce stress levels and improve mood.</p><p><a href="https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/17-health-benefits-of-omega-3" target="_blank">Omega-3s</a> are not only essential for brain health and mood but may also help your body handle stress. In fact, low omega-3 intake is linked to increased anxiety and depression in Western populations.</p><p>Vitamin D also plays critical roles in mental health and stress regulation. Low levels are associated with an increased risk of anxiety and depression.</p>
11. Parsley<p>Parsley is a nutritious herb that's packed with antioxidants — compounds that neutralize unstable molecules called free radicals and protect against oxidative stress.</p><p>Oxidative stress is associated with many illnesses, including mental health disorders like depression and anxiety. Studies suggest that a diet rich in antioxidants may help prevent stress and anxiety.</p><p><a href="https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/foods-high-in-antioxidants" target="_blank">Antioxidants</a> can also help reduce inflammation, which is often high in those with chronic stress.</p><p><a href="https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/parsley-benefits" target="_blank">Parsley</a> is especially rich in carotenoids, flavonoids, and volatile oils, all of which have powerful antioxidant properties.</p>
12. Garlic<p><a href="https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/11-proven-health-benefits-of-garlic" target="_blank">Garlic</a> is high in sulfur compounds that help increase levels of glutathione. This antioxidant is part of your body's first line of defense against stress.<span></span></p><p>What's more, animal studies suggest that garlic helps combat stress and <a href="https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/6-foods-that-reduce-anxiety" target="_blank">reduce symptoms of anxiety</a> and depression. Still, more human research is needed.</p>
13. Tahini<p><a href="https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/tahini-benefits" target="_blank">Tahini</a> is a rich spread made from sesame seeds, which are an excellent source of the amino acid L-tryptophan.</p><p>L-tryptophan is a precursor of the mood-regulating neurotransmitters dopamine and serotonin. Following a diet high in <a href="https://www.healthline.com/health/tryptophan" target="_blank">tryptophan</a> may help boost mood and ease symptoms of depression and anxiety.</p><p>In a 4-day study in 25 young adults, a high tryptophan diet led to better mood, decreased anxiety, and reduced depression symptoms, compared with a diet low in this amino acid.</p>
14. Sunflower Seeds<p>Sunflower seeds are a <a href="https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/foods-high-in-vitamin-e" target="_blank">rich source of vitamin E</a>. This fat-soluble vitamin acts as a powerful antioxidant and is essential for mental health.</p><p>A low intake of this nutrient is associated with altered mood and depression.</p><p><a href="https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/sunflower-seeds" target="_blank">Sunflower seeds</a> are also high in other stress-reducing nutrients, including magnesium, manganese, selenium, zinc, B vitamins, and copper.</p>
15. Broccoli<p>Cruciferous vegetables like broccoli are renowned for their health benefits. A diet rich in cruciferous vegetables may lower your risk of certain cancers, heart disease, and mental health disorders like depression.<span></span></p><p>Cruciferous vegetables like <a href="https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/benefits-of-broccoli" target="_blank">broccoli</a> are some of the most concentrated food sources of some nutrients — including magnesium, vitamin C, and folate — that have been proven to combat depressive symptoms.</p><p>Broccoli is also rich in <a href="https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/sulforaphane" target="_blank">sulforaphane</a>, a sulfur compound that has neuroprotective properties and may offer calming and antidepressant effects.</p><p>Additionally, 1 cup (184 grams) of cooked broccoli packs over 20% of the DV for vitamin B6, a higher intake of which is tied to a lower risk of anxiety and depression in women.</p>
16. Chickpeas<p><a href="https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/chickpeas-nutrition-benefits" target="_blank">Chickpeas</a> are packed with stress-fighting vitamins and minerals, including magnesium, potassium, B vitamins, zinc, selenium, manganese, and copper.</p><p>These delicious legumes are also rich in L-tryptophan, which your body needs to produce mood-regulating neurotransmitters.</p><p>Research has found that diets rich in plant proteins like chickpeas may help boost brain health and improve mental performance.</p><p>In a study in over 9,000 people, those who followed a <a href="https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/mediterranean-diet-meal-plan" target="_blank">Mediterranean diet</a> rich in plant foods like legumes experienced better mood and less stress than those who followed a typical Western diet rich in processed foods.</p>
17. Chamomile Tea<p>Chamomile is a medicinal herb that has been used since ancient times as a natural stress reducer. Its tea and extract have been shown to <a href="https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/9-foods-to-help-you-sleep" target="_blank">promote restful sleep</a> and reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression.<span></span></p><p>An 8-week study in 45 people with anxiety demonstrated that taking 1.5 grams of <a href="https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/5-benefits-of-chamomile-tea" target="_blank">chamomile</a> extract reduced salivary cortisol levels and improved anxiety symptoms.</p>
18. Blueberries<p>Blueberries are associated with a number of health benefits, including improved mood.<span></span></p><p>These berries are high in <a href="https://www.healthline.com/health/what-are-flavonoids-everything-you-need-to-know" target="_blank">flavonoid</a> antioxidants that have powerful anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective effects. They may help reduce stress-related inflammation and protect against stress-related cellular damage.</p><p>What's more, studies have shown that eating flavonoid-rich foods like <a href="https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/10-proven-benefits-of-blueberries" target="_blank">blueberries</a> may safeguard against depression and boost your mood.</p>
The Bottom Line<p>Numerous foods contain nutrients that may help you <a href="https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/16-ways-relieve-stress-anxiety" target="_blank">reduce stress</a>.</p><p>Matcha powder, <a href="https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/11-health-benefits-of-fish" target="_blank">fatty fish</a>, kimchi, garlic, chamomile tea, and broccoli are just a few that may help.</p><p>Try incorporating some of these foods and beverages into your diet to naturally promote stress relief.</p>
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