Top Supplements For Relieving Anxiety Naturally
I’m just going to come right out and say it. Anxiety stinks. In all it’s forms. From nail biting to panic attacks, anxiety just isn’t cool.
Sorry. It’s probably pretty obvious right now that I’m not a big fan of anxiety. And for good reason. I’ve suffered from high anxiety all of my life. Most of the time I’m able to manage it fairly well. However, there are other times that I’ve broken out into full blow panic attacks.
And if you’ve ever suffered a panic attack before you know how terrible they can be, am I right?
Thankfully, however, through a lot of research and even some trial and error, I’ve discovered a few supplements that seem to work best for helping to manage my anxiety when it does become a problem. And I would like to share those with you in today’s post.
So, if you are someone who suffers from too much anxiety, and don’t like the idea of treating it with medications on a regular basis, then this article is for you.
Are you ready to get started? Great! Go turn down the lights a bit, turn on some relaxing Michael Bolton music, and let’s get to it.
What Is Anxiety?
I could hardly believe it, when I heard the news today. I had to come and get it straight from you. They said you were leaving, someone’s swept your heart away…
Whoops. Didn’t know you were still there. That’s embarrassing. Guess I should leave the singing to the real Michael Bolton.
Ahh, doesn’t get much more relaxing than that, does it? OK, back to topic.
Everyone experiences anxiety to some degree. So even though I don’t like it, it’s actually a completely normal emotion to experience and can be beneficial at times.
For example, if you’re out hiking and you see a bear, your anxiety will sky rocket. In this example, this is a good thing because the increased anxiety would better prepare you to defend yourself or make a get-a-way.
However, you can also experience anxiety during non life threatening situations such as when preparing for a presentation or a job interview. In these situations, your heightened anxiety can also be beneficial as it can help you be more laser focused and better prepared.
Anxiety only really starts to become a problem when it becomes exaggerated (as in panic attacks) and/or it’s prolonged (such as when you’re in a state of anxiety all day every day).
In these two instances the anxiety serves no real purpose and often does more harm than good. Unfortunately, both scenarios are becoming increasingly common these days.
Anxiety Disorder Symptoms
Anxiety can manifest itself in many different ways and can be unique to the individual as well to the type of anxiety one is suffering from. In general though, the following symptoms will always be present during bouts of anxiety:
• trouble sleeping
• trouble concentrating
However, these can be accompanied with additional symptoms during times of intense anxiety such as during a panic attack. Some of these include:
• sense of danger or doom (feeling like you’re going to die)
• chest pain/tightness
• shortness of breath
• rapid breathing/hyperventilating
• rapid heartbeat
• heat palpitations
• numbness or tingling in the arms/hands
• feeling cold/hot
• intense shaking, dizziness, and/or weakness
• excessive perspiration
In other words, it’s not fun. And what’s worse is the long-term health affects can be even more devastating.
Long-Term Effects Of Uncontrolled Anxiety On Your Health
Living in a constant state of anxiety is kind of like redlining your car on a regular basis. In other words, it’s not good. When you live in a constant state of anxiety you’re more prone to developing things like:
• high blood pressure
• heart disease
• weight gain and obesity
• TMJ problems
• menstrual disorders for women
• erectile dysfunction for men
• fertility problems
You are also more likely to suffer from:
• a weakened immune system
• various aches and pains
• muscle spasms and/or tics (eye twitching)
• decreased sexual desire
• a worsening of skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis, hives, and acne
• early hair loss
• dry mouth and ulcers
• asthma attacks
And if that weren’t enough, high and prolonged stress might also increase your risk for developing various types of cancer and having a stroke.
Pretty bad, huh? So, what can we do about it?
Top Supplements To Help Curb Anxiety Naturally
Look. I’ll be the first to admit that your best strategy for treating anxiety is to get to the root of the problem and figure out why it is you have anxiety in the first place. Talking openly with someone or writing your thoughts down in a journal are sometimes good ways to figure this out.
Additionally, strategies such as exercise, meditation, and getting enough sleep can also work great for helping your feel better and more relaxed.
But, for those times when your anxiety does get the best of you, it’s good to have something natural you can fall back on that’s non-habit forming and has minimal (if any) side-affects to help calm you down. Fortunately, the following supplements have been found to do just that.
Kava is a small shrub native to the islands in the South Pacific that has been used for centuries to help induce relaxation and ease stress and anxiety. Additionally, kava has been found to be effective at relieving sore and achy muscles as well as in helping people sleep better. It can be consumed in many forms including as a tea, a pill, and a powder.
Although it received a bad rap a few years ago for possibly causing liver issues in some people, many of these claims have apparently been debunked. Many people take kava on a regular basis without any side affects at all. You can see real life reviews as well as the product here.
In addition to helping relieve stress, valerian root has also been found to be helpful for reducing insomnia and even lowering blood pressure. It’s typically found in pill or tea form. See it here.
L-Theanine is a non-essential amino acid found naturally in green tea that is often used to treat anxiety as well as high blood pressure. Many people prefer L-Theanine because of it’s ability to help calm anxiety without inducing drowsiness. You can find it here.
Lemon balm is an herbal plant native to south-central Europe, the Mediterranean Basin, Iran, and Central Asia. It is often found in teas and supplements and has been used for centuries for it’s calming and relaxing affects.
Lemon balm also has the honor of being backed by science. Many studies have demonstrated the effectiveness of lemon balm at reducing anxiety and decreasing stress. Check it out here.
Although typically grown in Europe, passion flower is actually native to Virginia here in the U.S. It was originally used by the Native Americans for a variety of ailments and is now extremely popular today for ability to help curb anxiety and stress as well as helping to relieve insomnia. See it here.
If you’ve followed our blog for any length of time you probably already know I’m a huge proponent of magnesium supplementation. I even have an entire post dedicated to magnesium supplementation which you can find here.
Magnesium deficiencies are on the rise. This is alarming since magnesium is an extremely important mineral essential to over 300 enzymatic reactions in your body. In addition to causing many other problems, a magnesium deficiency can magnify feelings of stress and anxiety.
To make matters worse, this stress and anxiety can actually further deplete your body’s magnesium stores making you even more stressed out and anxious. It’s a vicious cycle that can only be stopped by increasing your level of magnesium intake either through diet or supplementation.
Unfortunately, there are many varieties of magnesium supplements available. So finding out which works best for you can take some trial and error.
Check out this post on the different varieties of magnesium for help on finding which kind will work best for you.
Best of all, there have been over 200 studies on ashwagandha’s effectiveness making it a very legit product. Check it out here.
Sometimes called ‘nature’s valium’, GABA is a substance that occurs naturally in your brain to help slow down neuron firing (or make the brain less excited). As a matter of fact it is the primary inhibitory brain chemical for calming the mind.
Interestingly, people with high anxiety and stress often present with low levels of GABA. Other signs and symptoms of low GABA levels include depression, insomnia, migraines, and apparently even fibromyalgia.
Since most anti-anxiety medications and products work by increasing levels of GABA in your brain, why not just take GABA straight? See it here.
St. John’s Wort
St. John’s Wort is a flowering plant that has been used for over 2000 years to treat depression, anxiety, insomnia, and to improve appetite. Many people swear by it so it’s definitely a product to check out if anxiety is an issue for you. Check it out here.
As you can see there are many natural supplements available to you for helping to ease anxiety. If you find one doesn’t work for you, I recommend you keep trying another until you find one that does. I myself have used kava and valerian root in the past with good success.
Have you had success treating your anxiety with any of the supplements shared above? Please let us know in the comments section below.
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