Vitamin Supplements - A Natural Approach To Fighting Anxiety

By Jack H. Sousa

Anxiety and depression are common disorders that many people suffer from. Doctors and scientists will agree that good nutrition and the right combination of vitamins and supplements can reduce or even alleviate the need for prescription based medications. There are several different supplements that may help bring anxiety under control. All of these supplements can be purchased over the counter without a prescription. Consulting a health professional before taking any new supplements is always recommended, especially if they are going to be added with prescription medication.

How to use it: Best used in its essential oil in inhalation therapy or massage therapy, lavender can be obtained from any herbalist or natural supplement store. You can even grown your own and use the crushed, dried flowers underneath your pillow to aid sleep.Linden.Linden is popular in Greek myths and the dried flowers of this herb are fragrant and have calming and even sedative properties. It has a positive effect on the digestive system - something which will be very beneficial if your panic disorder has caused you some discomfort.

How to use it: Linden is most commonly used to make a fragrant and tasty tea. You can drink four to five cups a day and add a little bit of honey to make it taste even better.Passion Flower.Passion flower has a long history of being used as a sedative and is very popular when it comes to treating anxiety. It has a mild sedative effect when taken in small doses so it is safe to be used during the day time since it won't impair your functionality.

B Vitamins.Supplementing the body with B-vitamins is essential for any person suffering with anxiety on a regular basis. Research shows that low levels of B-vitamins such as B-9 and B-12 are directly linked to mood changes and depression.Furthermore, B-vitamins enhance and support the neurotransmitters in the brain such as serotonin, norepinephrine and dopamine - all which have a direct effect on stress.Complete B-vitamin supplements can be purchased at your local health food store or obtained naturally by eating whole-grain cereals, bread, red meat, egg yolks, green leafy vegetables, legumes, sweet corn, brown rice, berries and yeast.Calcium and Magnesium.Calcium and Magnesium are natural remedies for brining the body back to a calm and de-stressed state. Calcium is a natural tranquilizer, while low levels of magnesium in the body is have been linked to increased stress, tension, nervousness and intense periods of anxiety and panic.

How to use it: Chamomile tea is available in almost all supermarkets and can be taken before bed time to help you sleep soundly.Supplements for anxiety and stress can be an all natural way of dealing with the daily stressors that can interfere with an individual's ability to live life to the fullest. Supplements for anxiety and stress work with your body to smooth out the rough edges of life in a seamlessly effortless way, free from the side effects so often associated with popular prescription medications.

Winter Cherry (Withania Somnifera).Winter cherry is an herbal supplement that comes from India. It is sometimes referred to as Ashwaganha. The root of the plant is powered and sold in pill form. This plant is used to treat both depression and anxiety. There are no known side effects for this herbal supplement. It is not recommended for women who are pregnant or nursing. People who are taking MAO inhibitors should also avoid this supplement.

5-HTP (5-Hydroxytryptophan).5-HTP is an amino acid. It occurs naturally is foods such as turkey, milk, and pumpkins. It is metabolized in the body and turned into the chemical Tryptophan. This chemical is thought to increase production of Serotonin and Melatonin in the brain, both of which are highly effective mood stabilizers. 5-HTP can be found in capsule form and added as a dietary supplement. There are no known side effects and it is generally thought of as being safe.

Recently a yoga master was asked how long it took him to wash away his anxiety daily. Much to our surprise the answer was five minutes! Now we all can't be yoga masters but this example is a poignant reminder of the awesome power of the mind when harnessed by a true professional. On the other hand out of control tension and stress can throw a wet blanket over anyone who allows it to control them.

A full spectrum approach to healing and relaxing the mind and body may produce a number of additional benefits such as supporting nervous system health, balancing out emotions from those minor unforeseen daily challenges, boosting immune system function, and help in promoting and maintaining a positive outlook. This is in sharp contrast to the headaches, withdrawal symptoms, and stomach upset often associated with prescription medications.

Omega 3-6 - also known as fish oil, this dietary supplement supplies plenty of benefits to not only psychiatric patients suffering from anxiety by reducing its symptoms, but also by actively involving in prevention of cancer, inflammation and depression.Magnesium - deficiency can precipitate depression and anxiety so make sure to keep proper levels in check. Usually magnesium is contained, in sufficient daily amounts, in green vegetables, but if you need immediate relief magnesium can act as a gateway to sleep and calmness.Zinc - zinc levels on its own are rarely relevant, more important is the zinc-copper ratio that determines functions necessary in keeping a healthy mindset. A low zinc:copper ratio has been correlated with autism and increased prevalence of violent behavior. Furthermore, zinc has been identified in some neurons (specifically in synaptic vesicles) where it might aid cognitive functions.Although supplements can be of great help when treating anxiety, they are not the only possibility and nor are they the most effective approach compared to techniques such as exercise, meditation, exposure therapy, and so on. Consider supplements as catalysts to attaining better mental health and for maximum effects interweave their use with other methods suited for anxiety relief.

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