Vitamins & Supplements For Anxiety

These days anxiety is at epidemic levels, with 40 million Americans currently suffering from anxiety-related difficulties. Some of those people visit a psychiatrist, usually resulting in a prescription for a drug like Xanax or Valium. While drugs may be effective in reducing the immediate feelings of anxiety, they don’t cure it or solve any problems. In fact, they cause side effects and leave the original issues unresolved, still to be dealt with.

The side effects aren’t negligible and can include drowsiness, dizziness, impaired thinking and judgment, memory loss, slow reflexes, nausea, confusion, and depression. From anxiety to depression!

Do we have to choose between a bad problem or a worse solution? No, there is an alternative to drugs. It’s natural, extremely well-tested, and with side effects like better health, shinier hair, and brighter eyes. It’s usually hard to overdose on and it’s also far cheaper than drugs. It’s vitamins and other supplements.

Vitamins for anxiety are not only all-natural. They also have a long track record of success. Vitamin B3 is highly effective at treating and possibly curing psychosis, a claim no drug can make. Vitamin B12 is well known as a treatment for psychotic symptoms. Others are widely used as well.

The major vitamins and supplements that help with anxiety include vitamins B, C, and E, as well as minerals like magnesium, calcium, zinc, potassium, and selenium. Non-vitamin supplements like valerian, passionflower, melatonin, and others round out the list.

First and most powerful are the B vitamins, which keep the nervous system working smoothly. They stabilize neurotransmitter levels and prevent anxiety attacks. During stress, the body depletes its supplies of the B as well as C vitamins. B vitamin deficiencies lead to anxiety, restlessness, irritability, and fatigue. B3, B6, B12, and folic acid in particular are even powerful enough to help with psychotic symptoms.

The B vitamins for anxiety include the following:

B1 (thiamine)
Improves mood and memory

B3 (niacin)
Helps produce serotonin, a neurotransmitter needed for mental stability

B5 (pantothenic acid)
Helps maintain the balance of neurotransmitters

B6 (pyridoxine)
Reduces symptoms of anxiety

B9 (folic acid)
Also helps keep the neurotransmitters in balance

B12 (cyanocobalamin)
Prevents symptoms of mania and psychosis, fatigue, memory impairment, irritability, depression and personality changes

The B vitamins work best taken all together. If consumed in a non-synthetic B-complex pill, they should be taken with meals to aid absorption. B vitamins are water soluble, so overdosing usually isn’t a problem. Food sources for the B vitamins include green peas, beans, fish, poultry, cereal, and meat.

Vitamin C

Next on the list of vitamins for anxiety is vitamin C, which helps us cope with stress and in large doses, produces a calming effect. Healthy people can take 1000 mg vitamin C in a time release form. It can be found in cabbage, tomatoes, lettuce, peas, lemons, grapefruit, and oranges, which should be eaten raw.

Vitamin E

The final anxiety-relieving vitamin is vitamin E, an antioxidant that helps bring oxygen to the brain. Vitamin E is found in cabbage, lettuce, and some oils as well as in nuts.

Of the minerals for anxiety, calcium and magnesium are the most potent. Magnesium is well-known to relieve anxiety and tension as well as muscle spasms and nervousness. Calcium is a natural tranquilizer.

Other supplements or preparations for anxiety can also be effective.

Valerian
increases the availability of beneficial chemicals in the brain, and may be as effective as some prescription medications for treating anxiety.

Passionflower
A folk remedy, is one of the oldest natural treatments for anxiety.

Melatonin
A naturally-found hormone good for jet lag or time-shift changes, adjusts the body’s clock and reduces anxiety as well.

Chamomile
Is another herbal remedy helpful for anxiety.

Green tea
Contains L-theanine which calms the nervous system.

Omega-3 fatty acids
Also reduce anxiety, perhaps by regulating chemical messengers in the brain.

Essential oils
Of sandalwood, nerolis, rose, bergamot, ylang-ylang, jasmine, geranium, and lavender have been shown to reduce anxious feelings.

Last but not least is kava, famous for calming anxiety and stress. Used for a wide range of problems, including mood disorders, kava may be somewhat risky due to reports of liver damage from a small number of users. Previously it was banned in several countries but most of those bans have been lifted. Still, extensive homework and keeping up with the latest news may be called for.

All these beneficial substances are gifts from nature and work with our bodies to calm us down and ease us out of anxiety. Far better to rely on naturally-tested vitamins for anxiety than to stew in our anxious feelings or to gamble our health and well-being on drugs.

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