by Dr. Carda November 11, 2018 4 min read

To say that stress is inevitable is something of an understatement. But some of us have a rougher go of it than others. When your morning meditation or evening glass of wine aren’t giving you the level of anxiety relief you need, having the right natural anxiety supplements and supporting solutions on hand can be a secret weapon and a powerful alternative to prescription medications.

Girl with anxiety jumping for joy in field after discovering natural anxiety supplement

if you know your diet is lacking key nutrients, dietary supplements may be the key to symptom relief.

Although dietary supplements aren’t a replacement for the food itself, they can help you get the nutrients you need while you get your diet back on track.

Your doctor can also help you identify or confirm any deficiencies, as well as offer information on dosage and overall dietary health.

1. Vitamin A

As long as you have enough vitamin A in your body, there is a guarantee of a good vision; you are sure that you have a robust immune system.

It also helps in body growth as well as reproductive health. Vitamin A is also crucial for your brain to function well. There are organs in our body that do need vitamin A so that they can function properly, for example, the lungs, heart and the kidney. Almost 80-90% of the vitamin A is stored in the liver. The other name for vitamin A is retinol.

Vitamin A helps to nourish the most critical system in our body that is the nervous system, and hence your muscles can relax. A proper functioning nervous system helps in minimizing stress mentally. When you are relaxed, you cannot get any anxiety.

When you are calm, there are slim chances for you to have a panic attack.

Vitamin a has the fatty acids, and they are a necessity in our bodies. They are also helpful in reducing anxiety.

2. B vitamins

Vitamin B1 is important for balancing blood sugar levels, which are a significant factor in anxiety levels. 

Vitamin B3 plays a crucial role in the synthesis of serotonin and has been shown to help with anxiety

The B vitamin deficiencies most often linked to panic attacks, anxiety and depression are B6, B9, and B12

Vitamin B12 has a major influence on the function of neurons and also on the ability of the bone marrow to make red blood cells. B12 deficiency can cause almost any psychiatric symptom especially anxiety

Interestingly B12 happens to be the largest and most complex of all the vitamins. This impressive nutrient is responsible for a wide range of roles in the brain and nervous system. These include:

  • assisting in normal nerve growth and development
  • improving communication between nerve cells
  • promoting stable adrenal function
  • providing emotional and mental energy
  • helping with the ability to concentrate
  • bolstering memory function
  • offering calming effects to balance moods

As you can imagine by peering at this lengthy list of jobs, your nervous system relies on having adequate B12 to function correctly. This also means that conversely, a lack of B12 can cause major problems with anxiety and mood.

Vitamin C

A well-known antioxidant that is involved in anxiety, stress, depression, fatigue and mood state in humans. Studies have suggested that Vitamin C Deficiency play a oxidative stress That may trigger neurological disorders 

Vitamin C protects the nervous system which leads to emotional stability, better memory, a sense of calm and higher IQ.

Better memory performance is also associated with a high level of vitamin C in blood serum. Those of us who are aging need vitamin C because it supports cognitive function

 Dieticians say the upper limit is 2000 mg of vitamin C per day.1 It is important to note that physical activity helps our body’s response to vitamin C.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D plays a unique and important role in your body. It is the only vitamin that functions just like a hormone, connecting to a few different key systems in your body and playing an important part in their function.

When vitamin D enters your body through the sun on your skin or is consumed through food or a supplement, it goes straight to your liver and kidneys, where it is converted into a hormone. This hormone is usually referred to as “activated vitamin D” or “calcitriol.” Then, it helps your body absorb calcium — an essential task for your bones and teeth — and activates genes that influence your immune system as well as your brain. Every tissue in the human body has vitamin D receptors, so this particular vitamin is pretty important.

Vitamin D plays a unique and important role in your body. It is the only vitamin that functions just like a hormone, connecting to a few different key systems in your body and playing an important part in their function.

It is estimated that60% of the USA has a Vitamin D deficiency. What happens when there isn’t enough vitamin D to go around?

When there is not enough vitamin D, the areas of your body that rely on this nutrient can begin to deteriorate or change, causing a variety of problems. A few of the first vitamin D deficiency symptoms you notice may include constantly being sick, having muscle or bone pain, feeling exhausted or down, losing hair or bone mass, and wounds that are slow to heal.

Vitamin E 

vitamin E may lower the risk of Alzheimer’s Disease and other cognitive decline. A study by the Department of Agricultural Chemistry at the Meiji University, Kawasaki, Kanagawa Japan found that a deficiency in vitamin E increased anxiety in both juvenile and adult rats. In a 2009 study at the same university, researchers discovered that they could induce anxiety behaviors in rats by making them deficient in vitamin E.

Major depression is accompanied by significantly lower serum vitamin E concentrations, suggesting lower antioxidant defenses against lipid peroxidation. The results could, in part, explain previous findings, which suggest increased lipid peroxidation in major depression.

 

 

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