Bio Strath is an all in one health optimizer that worked very well for me in the past. There are no synthetic colourings, artificial sweeteners or any type of preservatives so don’t worry about what you might be putting into your body. Bio Strath is a complete vitamin B complex, and also contains magnesium which is fantastic for moderate to high levels of anxiety.
Committing to 2 tablespoons 3 times a day before meals for one months time, should help lessen your stress and anxiety levels.
Recent clinical and laboratory research has actually proven that chamomile tea can significantly decrease high levels of stress and anxiety, as well as lessen depression. During the height of my anxiety disorder living in Bali Indonesia, I relied on chamomile tea especially before bed time to give me the rest I needed. a study was done in 2009 at the University of Pennsylvania to further cement the effectiveness of Chamomile against anxiety. 19 people who were diagnosed with anxiety and depression were involved in a double-blind and placebo-controlled investigation. This involved 220 milligrams of chamomile extract and a placebo. The treatment period spanned over an 8 week period slightly upping the dosage of Chamomile each week. Researchers concluded that 57% of the group that used Chamomile extract SIGNIFICANTLY reduced their anxiety levels (50% or greater). With those kinds of tested numbers, you can’t afford not to try chamomile extract for your anxiety.
Did you know that magnesium deficiency greatly increases anxiety and depression? If you feel like even the most minor things throughout your day are setting you off, you may want to increase your magnesium levels starting today. When deficient, your cortisol levels may soar. Cortisol is a “stress” hormone, however it plays all sorts of roles in that regard. Your body needs to have a balanced level of cortisol.. too much, which is generally triggered by stress and anxiety, is not so great.
However, not enough cortisol and you won’t be able to handle stress effectively. What’s interesting is that it is believed that prolonged stress and anxiety causes you to lose much more magnesium through the urine than what is normal. Finally have you ever had a muscle twitch that came out of nowhere, and left you in fear and confusion as to what it might be? Or have experienced out of the blue heart palpitations at night before sleep? That may all be a combination of stress, lack of enough rest, and you guessed it… a deficiency in magnesium.
I hold Ashwaghanda very high on my personal list of most effective herbs against anxiety. Ashwaghanda’s main use is to help the adrenals adjust to stress in our daily lives. It basically produces stress hormones when you need them, and stops producing them when you don’t need them, how cool is that! But the benefits of Ashwaghanda don’t end there, this ‘magic herb’ as I like to call it improves your immune function and greatly improves sleep.
Many people I work with through the end the anxiety program report a very calming effect, as well as a slight lift to their moods when they normally feel like they’re dragging themselves on most days. I recommend around 500 mg per day for Ashwaghanda. Time to give your adrenals a re-charge!
A B-complex vitamin is affordable and easy to find. It’s also very rare that it will react badly to any prescription medications. All of the B vitamins are essential for proper energy production and stress management because the eight forms are needed for proper brain functioning. Those with anxiety and depression have been found to have low levels of all B vitamins. Look for a supplement without any synthetic or artificial colors and fillers. It should have all eight forms (B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B7, B9, and B12).
Dr. Wong from the Global Neuroscience Initiative Foundation supports GABA as one of the
Most beneficial anxiety supplements around. It has a similar calming effect to Xanax and Valium. GABA is a neurotransmitter and nonessential amino acid that works by preventing neurons from over-firing in the brain. While it is produced naturally in the body, it is very often deficient in those with chronic anxiety. So try supplementing with 500 mg daily.
Adrenal fatigue is very often missed in diagnosis, but is severe enough to cause symptoms
like excessive morning fatigue, depression, anxiety, feeling run down, and you may have trouble healing from infections or recovering from stressful situations. Adrenal fatigue happens when you are under prolonged stress either mentally or physically. This type of fatigue is not relieved with rest or sleep and can lead to more stress and anxiety. Look for supplements that are specifically aimed at the adrenal glands. Dr. Rodger Murphree, a functional medicine doctor in Alabama who treats fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue patients, has spent years developing a specific formula for adrenal fatigue.
The root of the kava plant has been used by Pacific Islanders for thousands of years. Itinduces relaxation and reduces stress and anxiety. Kava extract is often served in drinks at well-known Kava bars, but people more often choose to use the pill form found in most local drug stores. In a review of 12 placebo-controlled studies, physicians found that kava was more effective at treating anxiety than the inert substance; however, there were a lot of differences in the studies with regard to dose, strains, and treatment duration, so the conclusion is not completely backed by science; however, with its history, this is an anxiety supplement worth a try.
St John’s Wort
St. John’s Wort has been used since the Renaissance and Victorian era to “drive out evil
spirits,” or basically to relieve stress, anxiety, and depression. A research team from the Munich Technical University reviewed 29 studies of the use of St. John’s Wort to treat depression. Overall, the studies did show that the herb was more effective than the placebos and just as effective as some prescription medications. However, not all these studies showed the same results. A couple of large-scale U.S. studies showed that there was very little support to show that St. John’s Wort is effective against anxiety and depression. Again, this is a case that would depend on the individual. Since it has relatively few side effects, it is worth a try, but remember to talk with a doctor before use as this herb could negatively interact with some medications. Trouble Falling Asleep?
This is another one of those anxiety supplements that have been grossly under-studied. The root has been used for thousands of years to reduce stress and anxiety, as well as to help reduce insomnia. There are several ways to use it: Pill, powder, tea, or add it to bath water. Since this is a herb and not regulated by the FDA, there is no way to prove its efficacy. It’s just something that you will need to try as part of a natural remedy regimen to see if it works for you. You could also talk with a homeopathic doctor about its use over the years and whether it is a good option for you. The recommended dosage can be found on the back of the pill or tincture bottle and should be followed accordingly. Overuse can cause sedating side effects, so use it according to the recommendations or under the guidance of a medical practitioner.
Vitamin D deficiency is a common occurrence in most people. It’s especially prevalent in the winter months because it’s most often caused by lack of or very little exposure to sunlight. This vitamin, however, plays a vital role in mental health and well-being. People with seasonal affective disorder (SAD), or depression during the winter months, have been found to have very low vitamin D levels during this time. Anxiety is often a symptom of SAD, and recent studies have found that vitamin D has receptors in the brain that play a part in overall mentality and mood. While research is still ongoing, it is thought that vitamin D as an anxiety supplement during the winter months can help relieve symptoms.
Neuroscientist, Dr. Andrew Stoll, from Harvard Medical School has found that natural sources of the essential fatty-acid, omega-3, which is found in oily fish like salmon and mackerel, can help bring mood back into balance. These fatty acids prevent neurotransmitters from over-firing in the brain, preventing leakage of these hormones and regulating their flow. Stoll found that the fat in fish oils has a similar effect to lithium and anticonvulsants, which makes it a possibly beneficial addition to the treatments for bipolar and manic depression. The fish oil stabilizes the walls of the cells in the brain so that they are better able to communicate messages. While more studies will be needed to prove whether or not fish oil can be added to the repertoire of anxiety supplements, Dr. Stoll says it does not hurt to add this into your diet. Not everyone likes the taste or smell of oily fish, so there are over-the-counter fish oil supplements you can take instead.
This is one of my personal favorites when it comes to anxiety supplements, and has been used in my own family for many generations. passion-flower a calming herb that is used beneficially in those with generalized anxiety disorder and major depression as a complement to their current treatment. It increases GABA levels in the brain, inducing a state of non-sedating relaxation. The University of Maryland Medical Center notes that passion-flower is much milder than Kava or Valerian, so if those two prove to be too much for you, try this one instead. Passion-flower can be found at natural food stores as a tincture, tea, or extract.
This one is yet another personal favorite. It has long been used, but is almost like a secret known only by those who practice herb lore seriously. There is no great reason for the secret, really, just that there are so many other herbs and supplements that are recommended before it. Licorice root has so many benefits. It regulates blood sugar and the hormones excreted from the adrenal glands, so you will likely find this root as part of an adrenal formula. It has a relaxing effect on the mind, especially if anxiety is caused by a medical illness. It is also a potent anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, antibiotic, and even anti-cancerous agent. Licorice root can be found in capsule form at most local drug or whole food stores.