Anxiety Nutrients and Herbs

Nutrients against anxiety

The following table, shows the best nutrients against anxiety.


Suggested Dosage


Calcium 2,000 mg daily. A natural tranquilizer.
and magnesium


600-1,000 mg daily. Helps relieve anxiety, tension, nervousness, muscular spasms, and tics. Best taken in combination with calcium.
Floradix Iron + Herbs from Salus Haus As directed on label. Have your physician check for iron deficiency before taking any iron supplement. Floradix is a natural source of iron.
Liquid Kyolic with B1 and B12 from Wakunaga As directed on label. Helps reduce stress and anxiety.

Multivitamin and mineral complex

As directed on label. To provide all needed nutrients (Anxiety Nutrients) in balance.
with potassium 99 mg daily. Essential for proper functioning of the adrenal glands.
and selenium 100-200 mcg daily. If you are pregnant, do not exceed 40 mcg daily. Low levels have been found in this disorder. A powerful antioxidant that protects the heart.
S-Adenosylmethionine (SAMe) 400 mg twice daily. Important physiological agent involved in over forty biochemical reactions in the body. Is a natural antidepressant and has a calming effect.
Caution: Do not use if you have bipolar mood disorder or take prescription antidepressants. Do not give to a child under twelve. (Anxiety Nutrients)

Vitamin B complex

As directed on label. Helps maintain normal nervous system function.
plus extra vitamin B1 (thiamine) 50 mg 3 times daily. with meals. Helps reduce anxiety and has a calming effect on the nerves.
and vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) 50 mg 3 times daily, with meals. A known energizer that also exerts a calming effect.
and niacinamide 100 mg 3 times daily. Important in the production of certain brain chemicals. In large doses, has a calming effect. Caution: Do not substitute niacin for niacinamide. Niacin can be toxic in such high doses.
Vitamin C 5,000-10,000 mg daily, in divided doses. Necessary for proper function of adrenal glands and brain chemistry. In large doses, can have a powerful tranquilizing effect and is known to decrease anxiety. Vital for dealing with stress.
Vitamin E As directed on label. Helps transport oxygen to brain cells and protect them from free radical damage. Use d-alpha-tocopherol form. (Anxiety Nutrients)


50-80 mg daily. Do not exceed a total of 100 mg daily from all supplements. Can have a calming effect on the central nervous system.
Chromium picolinate 200 mcg daily. Chromium deficiency can produce symptoms of anxiety.
DL-Phenylalanine (DLPA) 600-1,200 mg daily. Discontinue use if no improvement is seen in 1 week. For chronic anxiety. Increases the brain’s production of endorphins, which help relieve anxiety and stress.
Caution: Do not take this supplement if you are pregnant or nursing, or suffer from panic attacks, diabetes, high blood pressure, or PKU.
L-glutamine 500 mg 3 times daily, on an empty stomach. Take with water or juice. Do not take with milk. Take with 50 mg vitamin B6 and 100 mg vitamin C for better absorption. Has a mild tranquilizing effect.
And L-tyrosine 500 mg 3 times daily, on an empty stomach. Important for anxiety and depression.
Caution: Do not take this supplement if you are taking an MAO inhibitor drug. (Anxiety Nutrients)

plus L-glycine

500 mg 3 times daily, on an empty stomach. Necessary for central nervous system function.
Coenzyme A from Coenzyme-A Technologies As directed on label. Supports the immune system’s detoxification of many dangerous substances.
Essential fatty acids (flaxseed oil and Total EFA from Health From The Sun) As directed on label. Important for proper brain function.
Gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) 750 mg twice daily. Necessary for proper brain function. Combined with inositol, has a tranquilizing effect.
plus inositol As directed on label.
Melatonin Start with 2-3 mg daily, taken ½ hour before bedtime. If necessary, gradually increase the dosage until an effective level is reached. A natural sleep aid. Helpful if symptoms include insomnia. (Anxiety Nutrients)

nutrients anxiety


❑ A body under stress is more vulnerable to free radical damage. Bilberry, ginkgo biloba, and milk thistle are rich in flavonoids that neutralize free radicals. Milk thistle also protects the liver. Caution: Do not take ginkgo biloba if you have a bleeding disorder, or are scheduled for surgery or a dental procedure.

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❑ Catnip, chamomile, cramp bark, hops, kava kava, linden flower, motherwort, passionflower, and skullcap promote relaxation and aid in preventing panic attacks.
Cautions: Do not use chamomile if you are allergic to ragweed. Do not use during pregnancy or nursing. It may interact with warfarin or cyclosporine, so patients using these drugs should avoid it. Kava kava can cause drowsiness. If this occurs, discontinue use or reduce the dosage. It is not recommended for pregnant women or nursing mothers, and it should not be taken together with other substances that act on the central nervous system, such as alcohol, barbiturates, antidepressants, and antipsychotic drugs.

❑ Fennel relieves anxiety-related gastrointestinal upsets, reduces flatulence and abdominal tension, and relaxes the large intestine. It is most effective when taken as a tea, before or after meals, and has no known side effects. Lemon balm and willow bark also soothe stomach distress.

❑ Feverfew, used to relieve migraines, can help with anxiety-induced headaches. Drinking meadowsweet tea or extract can also relieve headaches related to anxiety and stress, with no side effects.
Cautions: Do not use feverfew when pregnant or musing. People who take prescription blood-thinning medications should consult a health care provider before using feverfew, as the combination can result in internal bleeding.

❑ St. John’s wort can ease depression and restore emotional stability. Results in mood should be noticed in approximately two to four weeks.
Caution: St. John’s wort may cause increased sensitivity to sunlight. It may also produce anxiety, gastrointestinal symptoms, and headaches. It can interact with some drugs including antidepressants, birth control pills, and anticoagulants.

❑ Skullcap and valerian root can be taken at bedtime to promote sleep and aid in preventing panic attacks at night.

❑ Mandarin oil can help alleviate the oppressive feelings of anxiety and depression. A member of the orange family, mandarin (Citrus nobilis) originated in China. Mandarin peels are pressed to produce a pleasant aromatic oil. It can be rubbed on the skin, added to bathwater, or used in mas-sage or aromatherapy. Try diffusing 5 drops of mandarin oil along with 3 drops of bergamot oil in an aroma lamp to relieve stress.
Caution: If you rub mandarin oil on your skin, try to avoid exposure to the sun for six hours after application. Brown spotting on the skin can occur when the oil is exposed to the sun’s rays.