Anxiety is a normal part of every day life. When anxiety is so severe that it gets in the way of daily living, however, it may be a sign of generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). Treatment is available to help relieve the severity of anxiety, but many people who suffer from anxiety prefer to treat it more naturally with vitamins and minerals. Many vitamins and minerals can help alleviate anxiety symptoms. Many medical doctors specialize in natural treatment options and can help you find the best combination of vitamins to help with your anxiety.
B vitamins, such as Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, biotin, pantothenic acid and folic acid, are essential for a healthy nervous system. Pantothenic acid (also known as Vitamin B5) can be especially helpful to stave off a panic attack by calming the nerves. B vitamins can be taken naturally through foods, such as whole grain cereals, eggs, tuna, milk and chicken. Supplements can be taken to supply additional B vitamins, either combined in one vitamin, or taken separately to supplement individual B vitamins.
Kava is a botanical dietary supplement that has seen success in relieving some of the symptoms of anxiety, but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning about kava in 2002 as a result of some reports of liver damage. Kava can be taken for short periods of time for people with no liver problems, but it should be done under a doctor’s supervision and only if alternative treatments have not been effective at treating anxiety.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Omega-3 fatty acids are essential for brain function and mood, but they must be supplied by food or supplements because they cannot be made by the body. Omega-3 fatty acids can be consumed through foods, such as salmon, tuna and sardines, but even if you eat fish on a regular basis, you are likely still not receiving enough omega-3 fatty acids through your diet. Fish oil supplements are relatively inexpensive and can be combined with most other medications and supplements to relieve symptoms of anxiety.