Known as a “super food,” walnuts have dual benefits in combating mental and physical stresses on your body.
Time.com reports on a study published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition, which found that participants who consumed a handful of walnuts on a regular basis had a reduction in their blood pressure response to stress.
As an athlete, think of it this way. If you’re anticipating a big game or gearing up for important exams, a handful of walnuts can help alleviate some of your anxiety.
Aside from reducing stress, walnuts are high in antioxidants, meaning they protect cells from free radical damage, which is brought on by intense training. In other words, they can play a role in reducing inflammation in your body. That’s key when you’re getting after it in the weight room multiple times a week. Ultimately, you’ll feel less muscle soreness.
So grab a handful of walnuts each day to help combat pre-game stress.