What Are The Best Vitamins For Anxiety?

What Are The Best Vitamins For Anxiety?

Statistics suggest that there are around 40 million Americans who suffer from anxiety. People normally prefer to go and see a psychiatrist. Afterward, they will come home with prescription drugs such as Xanax or Valium. Even though these pills will render immediate results, they can also cause numerous side-effects. Such unwanted syndromes include drowsiness, dizziness, impaired thinking and judgment, memory loss, slow reflexes, nausea, confusion, and ultimately depression. When you put it this way, these prescription drugs are dealing more damage than actually guarding your mental health.

The good news is that there are alternative solutions to prescription drugs. This secondary road entails completely natural ingredients. Such solutions appear with no side-effects what-so-ever unless, of course, you’re allergic. These natural antidotes are found in the form of vitamins. You can enjoy them either by adding them to your usual diet or as oral supplements.

Vitamin B3 is highly effective at treating and possibly curing psychosis. Vitamin B12 is well known as a treatment for psychotic symptoms.  The best vitamin supplements by far that you can take are vitamins B, C, and E. Minerals like magnesium, calcium, zinc, potassium, and selenium can also trigger significative improvements. Valerian, passionflower, and melatonin are the other non-vitamin alternatives that could be employed in curing anxiety. In our article, we will take each of these three classifications to discuss them in depth.

The Family of B Vitamins

B vitamins cover a range of eight different elements that are listed bellow. One important fact before going any further is that each of them possesses unique functions. However, if taken together, they can offer a comprehensive set of results that boost the entire system of a person.

  • B1 (thiamine) helps 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) helps reduce symptoms of anxiety.
  • B9 (folic acid) is another alternative to keep the neurotransmitters in balance.
  • B12 (cyanocobalamin) helps prevent symptoms of mania and psychosis, fatigue, memory impairment, irritability, depression and personality changes.

Instead of ingesting these vitamins separately, you can buy a B-complex pill which can be taken after meals. Since vitamin B supplements are water soluble, overdosing has never been an issue here.

If you don’t feel like taking any supplements, there are specific foods you could include in your diet. Some of them are green peas, beans, fish, poultry, cereal, and meat. The moment your daily diet is abundant in these ailments, you can expect your anxiety to lose its strong influence on you.

 

Other Effective Vitamins for Anxiety

Vitamin C – Ascorbic Acid

Vitamin C is found in abundance in cabbage, tomatoes, lettuce, peas, lemons, grapefruit, and oranges. These foods should be eaten raw to have a powerful effect. Vitamin C aids people to cope with stress by producing a soothing effect. Healthy people can take 1,000 mg vitamin C over stipulated time intervals.

Vitamin E – a Fat-Soluble Antioxidant

Vitamin E serves as an antioxidant that helps the system redirect oxygen to the brain. Such a useful natural element can be found in cabbage, lettuce, and some oils as well as in nuts. Several studies pointed out that vitamin E was more efficient at alleviating stress than a pill of Prozac.

Minerals That Improve Mental Health

Out of the range of minerals that help with anxiety, calcium and magnesium are the most potent. Magnesium is well-known for its function of relieving anxiety and tension as well as muscle spasms and nervousness.  At the same time, calcium is a natural tranquilizer.

Miscellaneous Natural Remedies to Anxiety

There are several other natural remedies that can greatly help people in their fight against stressors. These can be teas or special massage oils that leave a pleasant mood behind.

  • Valerian helps increase the beneficial chemicals in the brain and is as effective as some prescription medications for treating anxiety.
  • Passionflower is a folk remedy. Consequently, this edible fruit is one of the oldest and potent natural treatments for anxiety.
  • Melatonin is a hormone that can treat jet lag or time-shift changes. Its main function adjusts the body’s clock and reduces anxiety at the same time.
  • Chamomile is widely consumed through tea. This is yet another herbal remedy helpful for anxiety.
  • Green tea contains L-theanine which calms the nervous system.
  • Omega-3 fatty acids are known to reduce anxiety, perhaps by regulating chemical messengers in the brain.
  • Essential oils from sandalwood, nerolis, rose, bergamot, ylang-ylang, jasmine, geranium, and lavender have been shown to reduce anxious feelings. They enter the system by skin through relaxing massages.

Final Word

If you are bound to use any substance to control your anxiety, it’s so much more feasible to stick to nature. Usually, prescription drugs can solve the problem only temporarily. However, they leave a trail of side-effects behind. By appealing to nature’s gifts, people will receive the best of benefits and so much fewer unpleasant symptoms. If you had a wonderful experience thanks to natural aid, you could share your story with Mashoid community in the comments bellow.

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