Nutrients to Aid Anxiety, Part 1 – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 338
Invite Health Podcast, Episode hosted by Jerry Hickey, Ph.
In the past year, anxiety has been rampant, likely due to the COVID-19 pandemic, political issues and more. Anxiety is an apprehensive uneasiness or a fear of a future event. People with clinical anxiety disorders frequently have intense and persistent worry. They fear about everyday situations, including leaving the house, crossing a bridge, walking near water or whatever else it might be. This fear can reach a peak within minutes and that’s called a panic attack. Anxiety and panic interfere with everyday activities, including one’s job, relationships and quality of life. These clinical diagnoses are given when the fear is unproportionate with the danger and lasts a long time.†
Plant-based support for anxiety
There are natural helpers that can help people with anxieties and fears. Rhodiola rosea, often called viking ginseng, is an herb that has been studied for its impacts on anxiety, stress and other mood symptoms. One study done at the University of Surrey in England reported that mildly anxious people taking rhodiola twice a day for two weeks experienced a big improvement in their anxiety and symptoms of stress.†
L-Theanine is an amino acid that comes out of the tea plant and can be soothing. Many human clinical trials have shown that this nutrient can have a calming, soothing effect without putting you to sleep. It can actually help you focus. It helps to remove some of the noisiness in the brain.†
How fish oils impact brain health and mood
Studies have also shown that fish oils may help to impact mood. They are a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids and have been shown to fend off inflammation in the brain, which can help to improve symptoms of depression. In America, people get more omega-6 fatty acids, which may actually increase inflammation in the brain. This overload of omega-6s and lack of omega-3s can lead to problems with the brain like depression, anxiety and stress, as well as problems with the immune system and other parts of the body.†
In this episode, Jerry Hickey, Ph. explains what anxiety is, as well as the symptoms that are frequently associated with it. He also discusses various nutrients that have been studied for their ability to help with symptoms of stress and anxiety. Hear more of what Jerry has to say in Part 2 of this podcast, coming soon!†
- Details about anxiety disorders
- Common symptoms associated with anxiety and panic
- The history of rhodiola rosea
- Recommendations on taking L-Theanine for stress and sleep
- The difference between various fatty acids
- Why fish oils are so important for the body
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