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An Australian study of 8,600 men and women between the ages of 25 and 91 found that those who ate the most vegetables and fruits experienced the least stress. “Vegetables and fruits contain important nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, flavonoids, and carotenoids that can reduce inflammation and oxidative stress,” said Simone Radavelli-Bagatini, lead researcher and PhD candidate. “Inflammation and oxidative stress in the body are recognized factors that can lead to increased stress and anxiety, and lower mood.”