The common banana, a humble food, is one of the least-heralded supermarket staples for good nutrition and calming nerves.

Besides containing mind-boosting B vitamins, bananas also have tryptophan, a precursor for Serotonin. Serotonin is a natural anti-depressant and can treat stress, anxiety, and insomnia, as well as mood issues such as fatigue, irritability, agitation, anger, and aggression. Bananas also have norepinephrine, which regulates our “fight or flight response” so common in people with anxiety.

Bananas are a natural, real-food way to promote positive moods, as well as prevent depression. Try eating at least one banana or two per day – all for just 19 cents a piece – and see what it can do for you!