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10/04/2009 12:44 PM

Vitamins for Anxiety and Panic!

silverguyPosts: 5233
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Below is a list of some of the most common and effective vitamins that can be used to help manage and relieve the symptoms of Anxiety and Panic Disorders. Be sure to consult your physician before adding anything new to your diet.

* B vitamins - Biotin, niacin (100mg per day), thiamine, pantothenic acid, riboflavin, B6 (100mg per day), B12, folic acid are all important for the production of the key chemical messengers in the brain called neurotransmitters. Thiamine is very important for those prone to panic, anxiety and depression. Every time you become angry, cry or feel run down - you are burning thiamine. A daily B-Complex (50 to 100mg per day) supplement is a great way of getting the B vitamins your body needs.

* Tryptophan is a calming agent, which also helps bolster the nervous system.

* Calcium (600mg + Vit. D per day) is a muscle relaxant. It helps calm you down during an anxious period. Vitamin D allows your body to absorb Calcium properly.

* Alpha-linolenic acid There have been quite a few studies that have focused on alpha-linolenic acid and anxiety disorder. A good percentage of individuals suffering from panic attacks for a decade have reported back a significant improvement within 2-3 months of consuming additional amounts of alpha-linolenic acid.

* Magnesium (200mg 2 to 3 times per day) may be beneficial during anxiety and panic because it assists with muscle relaxation.

* Vitamin C (250 to 500mg per day) reduces swelling and helps your immune system function better.

* Coenzyme Q10 (50 to 100mg one to two times per day) improves oxygen delivery to tissues and has antioxidant activity.

Depending on your symptoms and their severity, the above list can be used as a guideline of vitamins that you can consider adding to your diet. The vitamins listed above should be used in conjunction with your other medications and over time you may find that other medications can be reduced or possibly stopped. This is a decision that should only be made under medical supervision.


10/04/2009 12:45 PM
silverguyPosts: 5233
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So much for my Flintstones chewy cherry flavored vitamins. I thought I might be too old for those!

Post edited by: silverguy, at: 10/04/2009 12:46 PM

10/04/2009 02:28 PM
KnightmarePosts: 1660
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I have also read in the past the amino acids can really help with anxiety and panic. I will have to look that up again to verify it.

10/04/2009 03:04 PM
AngiePantsPosts: 484

I said something about this a month or so ago and I tell momma went and bought me a 3 month supply of some good ones. magnesium, b compex and a good womens daily vitamin and I have not taken a single one. aaaaahahahaha I am too scared to take them. what a dork! LOL

10/04/2009 06:05 PM
Posts: 1036

I'm with you on that Angie, I bought a Vitamin B and stress Complex multi-vitamin, and its been sitting on my microwave for 4 months. LOL

Same with the Vitamin D tabs the Doc ordered me (blood tests revealed Im way low on Vit D), they've been sitting there since February. I just don't like taking extra tablets....sheesh, better get started I suppose, Im due to go back for repeat blood tests in

10/05/2009 10:04 AM

Take those vitamins girls! I take alot of different medications for alot of health problems. About 3 months ago I thought that a multivitamin couldn't hurt. I had been reading about how alot of medications block absorption of the vitamins and minerals in foods we eat. Well within a week after taking the vitamins my skin looks better and my finger nails are alot stronger. I can't say that my anxiety is any different but it makes sense to me to keep taking them. If I can see changes on the outside there must be good changes on the inside too!

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