Food is our bodies natural medicines. “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food” was best said by Hippocrates. A healthy diet can prevent the body from getting many diseases; most common diseases such as obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, some types of cancer and skeletal conditions. Not to mention, when it comes to stress, you may be actually able to eat your way to lower tension levels. So here a list of 17 delicious fruits that reduce stress.

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1. Papaya

Fruit, Papaya

Papayas are a good source of antioxidants and provide many benefits from weight loss to cancer prevention. This fruit is high in vitamin C, one fruit provides 88 milligrams to be exact. Vitamin C is known for its immune boosting properties and is useful in those whose immune system has been weakened due to stress.


2. Kiwi

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Kiwis like papayas are high in Vitamin C but this little guy takes the cake. It has 98 mg per 100 grams, which is more than oranges and lemons. Another benefit of eating a fruit high in Vitamin C is lowered blood pressure. Just a piece of this fruit contains 80% of the daily requirement of Vitamin C.


3. Pineapple

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I love pineapple!! They are so juicy and delicious. I use to sit at the kitchen counter around Thanksgiving while my mom would prepare her Ham and wait to see if there were any leftover Pineapples so I could eat them. Little did I know that there were lots of health benefits from this tropical fruit. Some of those benefits include improved digestion, arthritis treatment, better skin, more energy, disease prevention and the use for coughs and colds.

In addition to Vitamin C, Pineapples contain a good amount of Vitamin B which help with proper brain function and increases your ability to cope with stress effectively.


4. Strawberries

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One of my favorite of all the berries! There is proven evidence that these little treats protect the heart, prevent cancer, and are an excellent anti-inflammatory. Not only do they contain Vitamin C but they also contain Magnesium. Magnesium regulates the nervous system and helps you cope with stress.


5. Grapefruit

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With it being one of the top sources of Vitamin C and a great way to lose weight, why wouldn’t you want to add grapefruit to your diet? Eating just a half grapefruit before meals can speed up your metabolism and help reduce belly fat and lower your cholesterol levels. Be sure to find out if you can eat this fruit if you take certain meds.


6. Cantaloupe

Cantaloupe, Sweet Melon, Melon

One of my favorite fruits to eat as a child. My dad was very good at feeding me fruits when I was young ( he does the same for my children now) he would cut the fruits for me and everything. Cantaloupe was one of my favs because it has a deliciously sweet taste.

This fruit contains other nutrients including niacin, dietary fiber, potassium, folic acid and vitamins such as vitamin C, A, and vitamin B6. The potassium in this guy is a great way to relax your blood vessels and reduce blood pressure. It also increases the flow of oxygen to the brain which helps to cause a calming sensation which relaxes you.


7. Guava

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This is one of most vitamin C packed foods in the world, just one cup contains 376 milligrams which is almost a weeks worth of vitamin C. Wow! It contains a lot of seed but don’t worry they are edible. They contain a lot of health benefits such as weight loss, thyroid heal, relief from constipation and diarrhea, and much more. It has the ability to lower the cholesterol in our blood which in return lowers our blood pressure. Due to the amount of magnesium present, it can relax the muscle and nerve cells relieving stress.



8. Mango

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Mangos can provide you with a day worth of vitamin C in one cup. They are very juicy and contain lots of antioxidants not to mention they smell so good. They are a great source of fiber and may be able to reduce your chance of heart disease.


9. Blackcurrants

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This little fruit has more antioxidants than blueberries and is normally used in jams and juices. Research from all over now shows that this fruit has proven values against dietary stress, physical stress (especially sport related) and mental stress.

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10. Cranberries

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This low sugar fruit is known for its health benefits which include relief from urinary tract infection, respiratory disorders, kidney stones, cancer and heart disease. It is especially recommended that women drink cranberry juice specifically for prevention of UTIs. It contains more antioxidants than other fruits and vegetables (One cup of cranberries offers a total 8983 antioxidant capacity) and strengthens the immune system which is helpful in relieving stress.

11. Tangerines

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Besides their sweet smell, tangerines can help with negative feelings because it helps produce neurotransmitters. They are also a good source of vitamin A and C as well as iron, potassium, folate, fiber, and flavonoids. The flavonoid and antioxidants keep the heart healthy by cleaning the arteries. I prefer the sweet taste of tangerines over oranges any day. Orange you glad you picked a tangerine, Lol!


12. Blueberries

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Blueberry muffins are my favorite of all the muffins. Blueberries contain plenty of antioxidants and vitamin C to help lower stress levels. Not only do you get stress relief you get a surprising amount of benefits which include; memory boost, heart health, prevention of urinary tract infections, and cancer and heart disease prevention.

Not to mention there are so many ways you can enjoy blueberries, from pies to muffins to smoothies.

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13. Raspberries

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Just like strawberries and blueberries, these berries contain plenty of antioxidants and vitamin C to lower your stress levels. Some of the health benefits of raspberries include: the prevention of cancer cells, reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease, helping regulate blood glucose and reduce the risk of diabetes, providing protection against food-induced allergic reactions, protection against infectious bacterial diseases, and protection against viral diseases.

So grab some berries and make some jelly and get to jamming, Lol!

14. Pomegranate

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Studies have shown that drinking pomegranate juice every day can lower stress levels at work. It is rich in antioxidants which can reverse atherosclerosis and vascular inflammation and in return lower blood pressure. It can also help with verbal and visual memory in the elderly who drink at least one cup per day.

15. Lemon

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Lemons are not only an inexpensive fruit but they are very versatile, you can use them in juices, recipes, and cleaning products. Like all citrus fruits, they contain a lot of vitamin C and can be helpful to aid with colds but did you know that the smell of lemons has been linked to therapy?

Studies in Japan have shown that the scent of lemons (and all citrus fruits) can reduce stress. Inhaling linalool, a chemical found in citrus fruits, lavender, sweet basil, birch trees and other plants key parts of the immune system returned to normal after being exposed to a stressful situation. Which is why you find many essential oils contain linalool.


Fruits provide a lot of the daily required vitamins our bodies need to run at their peaks. Do you think you eat enough fruits? I know I don’t always eat as much as I should.

So what do you think about the list? Are you familiar with any of these fruits that reduce stress, and which ones are your favorites?

I would love to hear all the answers to these questions in the comments below. Please feel free to share your experiences. As always any feedback is welcome!

14 thoughts on “Fruits That Reduce Stress – 15 Fruits to Help Lower Your Tension Levels”

  1. Thank you for these wonderful highlights of these fruits. It’s amazing what different types of fruits help with your health and I love it.

    1. Hi Terei,
      You are right, it is amazing what different fruits help with our health. Now if only we can get them all in our system. Thanks for the comment!

  2. Hi Melissa, This post of yours is a delight. Not only are the pictures wonderful but each of those fruits makes me feel like sitting down to a meal of Kiwi, Blueberries, Mango and so much more.

    It’s great to see Guava in your list. We used to have Guava bushes on our property, but that is a long time ago.

    There are so many benefits of eating fruit, with the vitamins and minerals some contain. Unfortunately, these days the fresh fruit off the tree is not easily available as it was years ago when I child. Most families had a variety of fruit trees growing in the gardens. It was great.

    However, these days a good fruit store will contain quality fruit and usually a wide range too.

    Thank you.

    1. Hi Valerie,
      I agree, when I was younger my parents had fruit trees in our backyard but you don’t see that like you used to. I think we need to get back to growing our own fruits and vegetables. Thanks for reading the post and leaving a comment!

  3. Thanks so much! This will help with my recovery from Shingles, since this can be stress related. I will definitely share this with my daughter, as well, since she gets panic attacks. This is such a simple thing to do, since we all love fruit, or most of us. I believe apples are helpful, with chewing and enjoying the crunch and am told that the scent is stress relieving.


    1. Hi Lynne,
      I am glad to hear this will help. Make sure you do as much as you can to reduce stress in your life since you are recovering from Shingles. Apple scent is my favorite, I love it in lotions, body washes, and everything and I think it is stress relieving myself. Will look more into that. Thanks for sharing and commenting!

  4. I have been following this site for a while now. I have become more health conscious as of late and this article along with the others from this author has been a good source of information. Keep em coming.

    1. Hi Maurice,
      I am glad you have become more health conscious and I am glad this article is useful. Thanks for stopping by and commenting, it is always appreciated.

  5. Wow all the fruits that I love! Next time when I feel stressed, I’ll make a bowl of fruit salad including all of these wonderful fruits, and enjoy eating them 🙂

    Thank you for the informative post.

    1. A fruit salad is a great idea, so delicious! I am glad you found the article informative. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Great post, I am currently in college and I’m in every club on my campus. I always find myself in tense situations so finding new and unique ways to relive that is always helpful, especially if it involves eating 🙂

    One thing I notice and have a question about. Vitamin C is a common mineral that showed up in most of the fruits listed above. So does Vitamin C have a lot to do with relaxing you?

    1. Hi Brandon,
      That is a great question, sorry I didn’t help make that clear. Vitamin C is good for regulating Cortisol in our bodies.Cortisol is the hormone released during stress but elevated cortisol over long periods of time on a consist basis produces glucose, leading to increased blood sugar levels. So in your case where you find yourself in tense situations very often and stress consistently too much cortisol in your body can lead to learning and memory, lower immune function and bone density, increase weight gain, blood pressure, cholesterol, heart disease. By taking Vitamin C you can keep your help regulate your cortisol and keep your blood pressure from going up. Thanks for your comment and I wish you all the best in college.

  7. I had no idea that fruits could help with stress. I mean, I guess I knew they had a lot of health benefits but I never thought about their application for mental health issues. I LOVE guava and it’s so hard to find it fresh. I also love black currants but have only had them fresh a couple of times, usually just dried…thanks for all the great info!

    1. I didn’t know fruits were great for stress either. The things you learn when you try is amazing. I have trouble finding a lot of those fruits fresh were I live, and it stinks but I am glad you found the info useful. Thanks for the comment!

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