Combined with a balanced, healthy diet, there are some specific herbs and supplements which can actively help you manage anxiety. These are ideal to take during a period such as the winter holidays, when your body’s defences are generally lower and you need to boost yourself for a few weeks or months.
A recent study conducted by Nutrition Journal concluded that, based on the available evidence, “nutritional and herbal supplementation is an effective method for treating anxiety and anxiety-related conditions without the risk of serious side effects.” It went on
to state that strong evidence exists for the use of herbal supplements containing extracts of passion-flower or kava and combinations of L-lysine or L-arginine in the treatment of anxiety disorders and symptoms.
The report also cited valerian as being effective although the jury is still out on St John’s Wort. Magnesium, a mineral often recommended as supplementation for anxiety disorders, was also found to show promise. A safe and effective option would be to take a good general multivitamin and mineral supplement alongside your normal, healthy diet. That way you can ensure that your body’s nutritional needs are properly met during a time which is often filled with fatty, sugary unhealthy food that can play havoc with a system already afflicted by anxiety.
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