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Grab a cup of green tea and a little dark chocolate. The Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine says the combo reduces tension and worries as effectively as prescription anti-anxiety meds. That’s because green tea contains L-theanine, an amino acid shown to trigger calmness. It lowers activity in the anterior cingulate cortex – the brain region that controls obsessive thoughts and worries. And dark chocolate contains mood-boosting compounds and reduces cortisol – the stress hormone that triggers anxiety. Together, you’ve got a total win-win, anxiety-killing combination.

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