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Natural Remedies for Anxiety

Updated on June 6, 2013

Treating Anxiety and Panic Naturally

Have you ever listened to the list of possible side effects that are recited on ads for prescription medications and thought that youâd rather have the actual illness than deal with all those horrible side effects? Some medications for anxiety even list "anxiety and nervousness" as a side effect.

Anxiety and panic are serious issues that can prevent you from doing so many things in life, but I believe it is worth the effort to try natural remedies before moving on to pharmaceutical drugs. There are so many different approaches that you can take to lessen anxiety and panic attacks that are safer and healthier than pharmaceuticals, and you get to decide what works best for you. If you try things such as herbs, vitamins and exercise and they donât work, you may need to talk to a doctor. But they are definitely worth a try and have worked for many people, including myself.

Magnesium

The first step you should take if you are feeling anxiety or panic is to assess your magnesium levels. Magnesium is so important and so often overlooked. It is estimated that up to 75% of the population is magnesium deficient. Some of the symptoms of magnesium deficiency include anxiety and irritability, irregular or rapid heartbeat, bruising easily, and hair loss. Magnesium is essential in allowing muscles to relax. This is why epsom salts in a bath are so relaxing, epsom salt is magnesium sulfate and can be absorbed through the skin. The highest quality form of magnesium is magnesium citrate, and according to the RDA everyone should have 300 mg a day. If you have a deficiency you can take up to 1000 mg daily.

GABA

Another natural supplement to try is GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid). It is a neurotransmatter that occurs naturally in the brain, but studies have shown that people with anxiety or panic attack issues may not have as much GABA as they should. GABA has also been shown to ease PMS and promote weight loss. GABA is best at relaxing the brain itself, turning off that inner dialogue of worry and stress. The GABA product that I personally take is called True Calm, I buy it because it also contains Valerian, Vitamin B6 and other amino acids.

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Valerian and Kava

Valerian and Kava are two herbs that are both effective at preventing anxiety in different ways.

Valerian- Valerian increases GABA levels in the brain without taking a GABA supplement. It has a sedative effect and can make you tired, which can be a benefit for those dealing with insomnia. But that sleepy feeling may bother some people, so a good way to avoid it is to take the valerian right before bed.

Kava- Kava has performed well in studies, with participants reporting “much less anxiety” while taking a kava supplement. Kava tea was even sold as a safe substitute for alcohol during prohibition. It is best for short-term use because the effects are felt right away, and because one study showed possible liver damage associated with long-term usage.

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