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Joseph asks…

Best supplement for anxiety?

I am not a big RX drug type of person even though I work in the medical field. I more of a natural herb and tea person. I drink camomile tea at night to relax and it helps pretty good. My anxiety level get bad sometimes. I don’t want to ask my doctor for a Rx I was wondering as I browsed and what would be the best type to order. Please give some suggestion or maybe something you have tried.

vti answers:

Honestly, speaking as someone who has had terrible anxiety their whole life, there is not a proper substitute for actual meds. Benzodiazapines generally are the best for anxiety. SSRIs don’t do anything at all though, you would be better off with some type of supplement than taking something like Prozac which is completely worthless for anxiety, based on my experience. Doesn’t have to be xanax though, that’s a bit too fast acting and can knock you out. Those are really good if you have panic attacks. Klonopin is the best anti-anxiety med that i’ve been prescribed to. And honestly, i don’t have to be on them anymore… While i was on them i knew i was in a stressful situation for myself, but was calm enough to develop coping methods, which i am now able to use without the meds.

If you absolutely want to stay away from RX and OTC meds such as Sominex. I would say Melatonin maybe. But that will make you go to sleep when you first start taking it, i would recommend that if your anxiety keeps you from sleep. It is not an herb or anything, but it is natural. I had terrible times sleeping, and Melatonin worked as well as if not better than Ambien, which i was prescribed to for a while.

That’s really the only natural alternative i could think of, but you really can’t take it during the day, unless you want to mess up your sleeping schedule.

Although i have heard that there is a company getting ready to make an “anti-energy” drink, designed to relax you. Apparently it has Valerian root in it, as well as some other natural herbs as well. Haven’t seen it anywhere yet though.

Paul asks…

what supplements help anxiety?

vti answers:

GABA- is a supplement that is a naturally occurring compound in the brain. Its job is to quiet the brain activity. I have had anxiety in the past and I have used it with success.

Mark asks…


I have so much anxiety all the time for no reason. What can I do to lose this feeling?

vti answers:

Hi There

Here are some ideas to use.

Anxiety disorders occur in people of all ages, but appear to be more common among women. The occurrence of an anxiety or panic attack is often unpredictable, but it may be associated with certain situations such as driving a car. The exact cause is complex, involving constitutional factors, emotional stress, biochemical imbalances, and environmental triggers. In women, hormone imbalances can cause anxiety. Therefore, hormone assessment is essential. Amino and fatty acid imbalances can also play an important role in triggering anxiety attacks.


Natural Cures

Diet: Assess your diet to reduce excessive consumption of stressor foods such as refined sugars, honey, maple syrup, or cow`s milk products. Consume vegetable soups, broths, and a wide variety of green and yellow vegetables. Add more complex carbohydrates such as whole grains, beans, seeds, and nuts.

Flower Essences: Flower essences can prove very helpful in managing and helping to eliminate anxiety. Use Aspen for apprehension, foreboding, and fear of unknown origin while Mimulus is for fear of known things, shyness, and timidity. Red chestnut is used for excessive anxiety and over caring for others. Rescue Remedy® (combination formula) is for general stress from anxiety, and Rock Rose is helpful for coping with terror and panic from known fear.

Herbs: Panax ginseng has a tonic effect on the adrenal glands, improving blood flow to the brain and reducing the stress associated with mental/emotional issues. Valerian root, an herbal tranquilizer and muscle relaxant, is another good agent for calming the nervous system. It helps balance mood swings and is not habit forming. Valerian-hops combination formulas are good daytime sedatives because they don`t interfere with reflex actions. Passionflower is another mild sedative that helps reduce anxiety, high blood pressure, nervous tension, and muscle tension, and encourages deep, restful sleep. St. John’s wort, a highly popular remedy for depression, has proven effective for anxiety and mood swings as well.

Homeopathy: Aconite, Actaea rac., Drosera, Calc carb., and Sulfur are all useful homeopathic remedies for dealing with anxiety.

Hypnotherapy: Self-hypnosis helps to impart to the mind imagery designed to bring about deep levels of relaxation.

Meditation: Develops the mind`s ability to stop anxiety at its source.

Nutritional Supplementation: The following supplements have all been shown to help reduce feelings of anxiety by calming the nervous system: calcium, magnesium, vitamin B complex, 5-HTP, pantothenic acid, and adrenal and kidney glandulars. GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid), an amino acid, can also affect mood by increasing levels of the brain neurotransmitter serotonin (a mood regulator).

Alternative Professional Care
If your symptoms persist despite the above measures, seek the help of a qualified health professional. The following professional care therapies have all been shown to be useful for treating and relieving the symptoms of anxiety: Acupressure, Biofeedback Training, Bodywork (especially Massage Therapy), Environmental Medicine, Guided Imagery, Hypnotherapy, Magnetic Field Therapy, Naturopathic Medicine, Orthomolecular Medicine (for a self-care approach, we recommend the book The Mood Cure by Julia Ross), Qigong, Traditional Chinese Medicine, and Yoga.

Best of health to you


Lizzie asks…

WIll the supplement L-Theanine help with social anxiety?

After reading up about social phobias and social anxiety for a while Ive pretty much determined that I have slight social anxiety. I used to think getting nervous around new people was normal for everyone. I also thought not being able to approach random women I found attractive was normal as well. The only time I ever had a panic attack was after smoking marijuana on my break and then going to my business class. Obviously weed causes paranoia but I have heard that it just brings things out of you that were already there, like underlying issues, in my case social anxiety. Ive been dealing with this for a while but I will be out of college soon and I would really like to be able to approach a girl I find attractive in class without giving my self a million excuses why i should wait.

I heard on many sites that the supplement found in green tea L-Theanine would help me relax and be able to approach people with out feeling like my heart was going to beat out of my chest, or be able to group with people in my class without feeling like Id have to leave class.

What are your guys opinions on L-Theanine? I bought 120 capsules of 100mg and would like to know how many I should take at a time. Its not like its a drug and Im going to OD on it if I take too many, Im just looking for the right number.

vti answers:

It may help, but you would benefit most by viewing my previous answer about social anxiety at and implementing the therapies. A list of vitamins, minerals, and supplements which help with anxiety are on page i at

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Linda asks…

What supplements greatly reduce anxiety?

I suffer from very bad physical symptoms due to anxiety. I experience automatic anticipatory anxiety/adrenaline rush before I think about going out the house and when I’m out I get shaky, muscle tension in the legs, and involuntary jerk movements which is ruining my life. Has anyone tried a effective herbal supplement to help reduce their nerves? I know it won’t help me mentally but I want the physical symptoms to go away. Maybe then I can start having better control of my thoughts without my body going out of whack at the same time.

I’m not looking for prescription meds, I want something natural and please don’t recommend professional therapy, I’m trying to beat this on my own. I’m reading self help books and meditating to help me along the way.

vti answers:

The only supplement for anxiety that works within minutes is kava kava extract. Research indicates that it is more effective than placebo in relieving anxiety. Other randomized clinical trials have successfully replicated its anxiolytic effects. However, it might be hard on liver.

Other safer supplements for anxiety include extracts containing passionflower, lemon balm, valerian, skullCap, chamomile, common hops, lavender, vitamin B complex, L-theanine, L-lysine and L-arginine, magnesium, alpha-linolenic acid, inositol, flaxseed oil, omega-3 fatty acids, etc.

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