Weekly ADHD and Anxiety Tips: Chewing Gum, Cognitive Benefits & Mental Health

Today we want to tell you about a study done by Swinburne University of Technology, which looked at the effects of chewing gum and found implications for cognitive tasks and mental health.

A first-ever study from Swinburne University of Technology found that chewing sugar-free gum effectively reduces anxiety by more than 17 per cent during stressful situations.

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The study also showed that chewing gum increases alertness and improves performance while multi-tasking.

Andrew Scholey, lead researcher and Professor of Behavioural and Brain Sciences at Swinburne said that studies he conducted at the Human Cognitive Neuroscience Unit at Northumbria University demonstrated a relationship between increased alertness and a more relaxed state.

“It is possible that chewing gum may be associated with positive, relaxing social behaviours,” said Scholey.
At PanicAttackRecovery.com, we’re not suggesting that everyone should start chewing gum, but it might be something for you to consider using in appropriate circumstances.

If you are concerned about sugar or artificial sweeteners or flavours often found in chewing gum, there are some natural options out there that don’t use such chemicals. For instance, natural chewing gum with fennel seeds. Additionally and of note, fennel seeds have been found in some studies to increase the amount of nitric oxide in the body which can cause blood vessel dilation and all the benefits of doing so. For example, lowering blood pressure and aiding performance enhancement for athletes.

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