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    Manage anxiety with natural supplements and herbs

    submitted by GNC Newtown

    We all experience anxiety at one time or another. When managed properly, anxiety can actually be useful. The excitement it creates helps to improve performance both at work and at school. 

    Excessive anxiety, however, can be harmful to your health, affecting your quality of life. Taken to the extreme, it can lead to panic attacks and adversely affect blood pressure, cholesterol levels and mood.

    Many turn to prescription medications, which are not always effective and can have many undesirable side affects.

    Natural supplements and herbs are now more commonly recommended as a first line of defense in the battle against anxiety. The following is a list of products than can help.

    MAGNESIUM—This important mineral not only strengthens bones but lowers blood pressure and promotes a feeling of calm throughout the body. Take 200 to 300mg up to three times daily.

    L-THEANINE—Theanine is an amino acid found in green tea. It helps to induce a calming effect on the body without causing drowsiness or fatigue. It is also non-habit forming. Take 100mg to 300mg daily.

    B-COMPLEX VITAMINS—People suffering from stress and anxiety deplete B vitamins more rapidly. These vitamins are essential for the proper functioning of the central nervous system, and low levels can lead to nervousness, depression and a general inability to concentrate. Take a 50mg or 100mg B-complex daily.

    FISH OIL/ OMEGA 3’s—Extensive studies have shown that omega 3 fatty acids are critical for proper brain function. They have many positive benefits in treating anxiety, anger and panic attacks. This is in addition to its many “heart healthy” qualities!

    TURMERIC (CURCUMIN)—Many are familiar with this spice’s ability to reduce inflammation throughout the body. However, recent studies have shown it to be extremely effective in reducing symptoms of both anxiety and depression. Participants taking 1 gram per day for 30 days saw a significant improvement in mood and relaxation.