When it comes to balancing our personal, professional and social lives, the constant pressures can turn us into an anxious mess. All the chaos and uncertainty in the world definitely doesn’t help.
I didn’t realize how much I’d been experiencing anxiety my entire life until I started taking herbs and drinking calming teas.
Once I felt calm and relaxed it hit me just how anxious and wound up I had been for so many years. This discovery led me to explore more of the natural remedies available to help calm my mind.
Whether you experience occasional or chronic stress and anxiety, taking natural supplements can make a huge difference.
While supplements shouldn’t be used as a replacement for prescription medicines and other therapies without a doctor’s consultation, they can certainly be an additional help. Generally, most supplements for stress and anxiety are tolerated well by majority of people. However, it is essential to understand how they might individually affect you and stop taking them immediately if you have any issues.
In today’s ever changing world, feelings of stress and anxiety can make it hard to enjoy important moments in life or stay productive. I have prepared a mini-guide to my favorite supplements that will hopefully help you to promote your well-being!
Chamomile is a popular herb which is effective in helping with insomnia, depression, anxiety and relaxation. Drink moderate amounts of chamomile tea each evening to benefit from it to the fullest!
St. John’s Wort
St John’s wort is popular for its use in depression treatment. As an estimated 50% of individuals suffering from depression also have some sort of anxiety problems, St John’s wort might be a solution for all. It is believed that St John’s wort keeps the brain from utilizing neurotransmitters like dopamine, neropinephrine, GABA and serotonin. As a result, it helps provide an overall feel-good effect.
Vitamin D helps regulate moods and also promotes brain and nerve health. According to studies, people with symptoms of depression or anxiety had lower levels of calcidiol in their body. Calcidiol is a byproduct of vitamin D breakdown. Therefore, taking vitamin D supplements might help improve anxiety and depression, especially in women suffering from type-2 diabetes.
- Vitamin B1: Vitamin B1 helps balance blood sugar levels. This play a significant role in reducing anxiety levels.
- Vitamin B3: Vitamin B3 promotes serotonin synthesis which helps with anxiety.
- Vitamin B5: Vitamin B5 provides support to the adrenal glands which helps reduce anxiety and stress levels.
- Vitamin B9 and Vitamin B12: Both these vitamins play a vital role in balancing out depressive and bad moods.
- Vitamin B6: Magnesium and vitamin B6 together help balance out anxiety when PMS occurs.
N-acetylcysteine is known to be used in the treatment of individuals suffering from neuropsychiatric disorders. Studies suggest that this multi-target drug also helps in the management of disorders related to chronic stress and anxiety.
5-HTP is widely used as a treatment for generalized anxiety. It plays an essential role in the manufacturing of serotonin in your brain and it might help regulate your anxiety and mood.
The amino acid, L-theanine is not only an effective treatment of severe and moderate anxiety but it also doesn’t come with risks of developing tolerance. Additionally, unlike benzodiazepines, L-theanine doesn’t increase impaired concentration, slowed reflexes or drowsiness.
Valerian root might just be the supplement you need to enjoy a good night’s sleep. This herbal remedy effectively helps reduce anxiety, nervousness, stress, headaches, trembling and insomnia.
Ashwaganda or withania somnifera is best known for its stress and anxiety-lowering effect. This medicinal herb is known to help lower cortisol levels. Cortisol is a hormone that your adrenal glands produce in response to excess stress.
Licorice root isn’t only enjoyed for its sweet taste but is also used traditionally for its health benefits related to anxiety and stress. Licorice roots helps regulate the production of cortisol, which as mentioned earlier is a hormone released by our adrenal glands when we are under stress.
While clinical research regarding the use of rhodiola supplements for stress and anxiety is still young, it is quite promising. Rhodiola is a natural supplement known to limit the production of stress hormones which cause your body to feel burnt out.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Omega-3 are polyunsaturated fatty acids that are mainly present in fish oils. Recent studies suggest that omega-3 helps in the treatment of psychiatric disorders including conditions such as anxiety and mood disorders. Omega-3 supplements might also help reduce inflammation.
Magnesium is one of the most abundant minerals present in the human body. It is known as a natural treatment for stress and anxiety. According to recent studies, magnesium helps in relieving anxiety during PMS, mild anxiety, generalized anxiety as well as postpartum anxiety.
I love brewing this tea to wind down at the end of the day. Kava kava is an extract or beverage made from Piper methysticum. This social drink is consumed by mouth to treat insomnia, and calm stress, restlessness and anxiety. It is also used for chronic fatigue, headaches, common cold, tuberculosis, depression, epilepsy and more.