Thursday, October 22, 2020

Protein Foods for Stress Relief


I think that the word “Stress” must be clarified between chronic & acute and naturally the treatment is according to the type of stress. Acute stress is another type of stress with low level of stress hormones i.e. epinephrine.

What kind of health trouble can it cause?

  • Burn out
  • Problems with powers of concentration
  • Sleep problems
  • Headaches
  • Anxiety
  • Panic attack
  • Depressions

Amino Acid — A Help for Acute Stress

GABA – Gamma-Amino-Butyric Acid is a non-essentiell amino acid. GABA is known as the “brains natural calming agent”. It may help promote relaxation and ease nervous tension.

Tyrosine – Tyrosine plays an important role in the synthesis of neurotransmitters, dopamine, epinephrine and norepinephrine.

Arginine – Arginine stimulates the immune system by increasing the output of T lymphocytes (T- cells) from the thymus gland.

Immune system is a very important “control center” of stress. In case of high stress level, we can be sure that our immune system is down. Acute stress uses up much more owns proteins. Arginine helps to keep reserve of proteins a long time in our own body. Proteins increase synthesis of stress hormones. Arginine increases secretion of epinephrine and nor-epinephrine.

Bran-Ched-Chain Amino Acids – BCAA is a blend of leucin, isoleucin & valin and it improves synthesis of proteins. The body can store all protein reserves which are at disposal in case of acute stress.

Amino Acids & Possible Interactions

Amino acids are not proteins. They are elements proteins are composed of many elements.

Do not mix amino acids with milk or other drinks rich of protein. It inhibits effects of amino acids. Do not take any amino acids as dietary supplements in case of chronic stress. Arginine is not indicated (contraindicated) in case of viral diseases such as shingles (Herpes Zoster), herpes, mononucleosis, epstein-barr-virus. For people with a thyroxin-treatment, Tyrosine (a precursor for thyroid hormones) is not indicated.

GABA – In case of treatment with psycho drugs anyway consult your doctor if you are pregnant, nursing or taking any medications, consult your as well your doctor before use it. Discontinue use and consult your doctor if any adverse reactions occur.

Nutritional Yeast & Cashew nut as Speedy Help in Acute Stress Situations

Saccharomyces cerevisiae is a primary grown nutritional yeast grown specifically for food nutritional benefits. Nutritional yeast similar to brewers yeast is a deactivated yeast. It contains an excellent source of protein (52 %), minerals such as zinc, cooper, chromium and is rich in B-complex vitamins (including B12) especially helpful in supporting acute stress form. Nutritional yeast is not a pathogenic yeast and does not cause Candidiasis or other yeast infections. It can be mixed in fruit juice or used in salad dressing, dips etc.

Cashew nuts, like all nuts, are an excellent source of protein. Cashew nuts are also a good source of potassium, B vitamins and folate. They contain useful amounts of magnesium (260 mg/100 g), phosphorous, selenium, copper, zinc and iron. Cashew nut when used as an anti-stress food must be avoided salted & oil roasted.

Other Foods for Stress-Relief

Chili, pepper, curry and other spice herbs are support for the secretion of catecholamines i.a. epinephrine.

Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra) increases the action of the steroid hormone Cortisol produced by adrenal glands.

Mango and banana are anti-stress fruits. Both fruits taste good contain much fructose which shall be quickly absorbed and set free new energy.

Banana contains important antistress minerals such as magnesium, potassium & calcium and vitamins such as B1, B2, B5 & C. Banana also contains stress hormones nor-epinephrine (10,40 mg/100 g), dopamine & serotonine for this reason banana is of very quickly help in acute stress situations.

Anti-Stress-Shakes for More Energy

Mix all ingredients together as a shake (in a Power-Mixer) and drink.

Banana Shake – For speedy energy

  • 1 Banana
  • 250 ml oat milk (without any sugar)
  • 2 tsp. nutritional yeast flakes

Avocado-Tulsi-Shake – Increases concentration and efficiency

  • 1 Avocado
  • a small pinch of lemon juice
  • 250 ml tulsi (Holy Basil) tea
  • 3 tsp. lecithin granules (from soya)
  • Steviosid as natural sweetener

Avocado-yoghurt-chilli-Shake – For new brain power and more epinephrine secretion for reducing stress

  • ½ Avocado (contains much lecithin & this give power for the brain functions)
  • 4 tsp. yoghurt (or 1-2 tsp. yoghurt powder)
  • a small pinch of chilli or cayenne powder
  • 2 tsp. nutritional yeast flakes
  • 250 ml rice milk (without any sugar)
  • 2 tsp. lecithin granules (from soya)

Papaya-Yoghurt Shake – For good protein synthesis

  • 200 ml water
  • ½ papaya
  • 1 cup yoghurt
  • little pinch of lemon juice
  • Steviosid

Banana-Peanut-Shake – For a good Arginine level & energy

  • 250 ml milk (low fat) or oat milk
  • 1 Banana
  • 3 tsp. nutritional yeast flakes
  • 2 tsp. peanut butter (peanuts has high level of arginine)

Lemongrass-Mango-Shake – Good for concentration

  • 250 ml oat milk (without any sugar)
  • 1 stick of fresh lemongrass
  • ½ Mango (or 2 tsp. mango powder)
  • a small pinch of lemon juice
  • Steviosid

Cut up lemongrass in the middle and then in several pieces. Add Oat milk and lemongrass; bring it to boil. Let it soak 20 minutes let it cool down completely and add other ingredients.

Protein in form of yoghurt, cheese or other milk products, fish, meat and protein-drinks increases catecholamines and is very important in acute stress situations.

Increase your synthesis of protein with these food-combinations:

  • Wheat & Peanut
  • Wheat & Yeast
  • Maize & Peanuts
  • Maize & Rice bran
  • Maize & Yeast
  • Maize & Soya
  • Legumes & Wheat
  • Oat & Peanut

This food combination gives energy but it does not increase synthesis of protein. F.e. soya contains very good proteins but in combination with cereals soya proteins will be turned into energy.

  • Cereals & Cereals
  • Cereals & Potatoes
  • Cereals & Soya
  • Bread & Vegetables
  • Maize & Potatoes
  • Legumes & Potatoes
  • Legumes & Legumes

(Food-Combinations by Lothar Wendt, Ph.D., M.D., Germany)


  • 1) The Cortisol Connection, Shawn Talbott, 2002, Hunter House Publishers.
  • 2) Earl Mindell`s New Vitamin Bible, 2004, Time Warner Book Group.
Emily Murdoch
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