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Old 03-25-2015, 03:11 PM
 
Location: Salem, OR
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I didn't see a previous thread about this, and there seems to be a lot of contradictory info online.

I've heard positive things (and some negative) about Kava and Magnesium.

Is there anything some of you take that seems to assist in managing your anxiety?
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Old 03-26-2015, 12:44 AM
 
Location: Auckland, New Zealand
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Yes, I have. That supplement being L-Theanine. I do take magnesium which is an important cell nutrient. I cannot say it made any difference to my anxiety and sleep problems but it did not make it worse. I don't know about Kava. I also take omega-3 fish oil which has helped my mental functioning quite considerably. I'm also taking 5HTP and L-Tryptophan (5HTP being the synthetic version of tryptophan). For me these have been of great help. They won't do any harm and are not all that expensive either.

To level the playing field I would suggest taking a multivitamin and mineral supplement. I would suggest taking a sublingual B12 supplement as well as Vitamin D. Take A as well. Then add to your diet things like blueberries and turmeric. The latter two promotes neurogenesis and there are others. Anxiety and stress causes neuron decay so neurogenesis helps repair the damage.
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Old 03-26-2015, 02:06 AM
 
Location: Salem, OR
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Yes, I have. That supplement being L-Theanine. I do take magnesium which is an important cell nutrient. I cannot say it made any difference to my anxiety and sleep problems but it did not make it worse. I don't know about Kava. I also take omega-3 fish oil which has helped my mental functioning quite considerably. I'm also taking 5HTP and L-Tryptophan (5HTP being the synthetic version of tryptophan). For me these have been of great help. They won't do any harm and are not all that expensive either.

To level the playing field I would suggest taking a multivitamin and mineral supplement. I would suggest taking a sublingual B12 supplement as well as Vitamin D. Take A as well. Then add to your diet things like blueberries and turmeric. The latter two promotes neurogenesis and there are others. Anxiety and stress causes neuron decay so neurogenesis helps repair the damage.
Thank you for the response. Certainly, a lot of information in there.

Can you see why taking supplements would be a bit daunting to someone who has never taken any before? That's a lot of trial and error. It's a little scary.

Other than terrible anxiety, I am in perfect physical health and sleep well. I just don't want to mess with that.

I'd love to learn more about your experiences...
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Old 03-26-2015, 02:21 AM
 
Location: Salem, OR
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Yes, I have. That supplement being L-Theanine. I do take magnesium which is an important cell nutrient. I cannot say it made any difference to my anxiety and sleep problems but it did not make it worse. I don't know about Kava. I also take omega-3 fish oil which has helped my mental functioning quite considerably. I'm also taking 5HTP and L-Tryptophan (5HTP being the synthetic version of tryptophan). For me these have been of great help. They won't do any harm and are not all that expensive either.

To level the playing field I would suggest taking a multivitamin and mineral supplement. I would suggest taking a sublingual B12 supplement as well as Vitamin D. Take A as well. Then add to your diet things like blueberries and turmeric. The latter two promotes neurogenesis and there are others. Anxiety and stress causes neuron decay so neurogenesis helps repair the damage.
I have to ask- how did you learn about all of this? I honestly used to laugh at the guys that took 10 vitamins a day, but I really don't care at this point; I just want to get better.
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Old 03-26-2015, 11:59 AM
 
Location: CasaMo
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B12
Chamomile tea
Protein in the morning, like natural, unsweetened peanut butter sandwich seems to help stay on an even keel. Even if I'm not hungry, I try to eat anyway and it seems to pay off later.

This is just from personal experience, not an expert opinion or anything. They certainly help manage, but don't cure it.

Just keep fighting. Anxiety is no fun, that's for sure!
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Old 03-26-2015, 01:25 PM
 
Location: Salem, OR
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B12
Chamomile tea
Protein in the morning, like natural, unsweetened peanut butter sandwich seems to help stay on an even keel. Even if I'm not hungry, I try to eat anyway and it seems to pay off later.

This is just from personal experience, not an expert opinion or anything. They certainly help manage, but don't cure it.

Just keep fighting. Anxiety is no fun, that's for sure!
Thank you.

I just picked up some Omega 3, Magnesium Glycinate, and B12. I'm really excited! I know this isn't a cure, but I am optimistic this will help in my recovery.
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Old 03-26-2015, 01:57 PM
 
Location: Wisconsin
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The only thing I've really ever had luck with are flower essences by either Bach or Flower Essence Services, such as Rescue Remedy and single essences like Rock Rose, Mustard, Cerato, Nicotiana.

The specific flower essence to use varies with the type of anxiety and the effects one is having from the anxiety but Rescue Remedy is a good place to start. You can find Rescue Remedy in most any natural foods store or online.
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Old 03-28-2015, 02:25 AM
 
Location: Auckland, New Zealand
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I have to ask- how did you learn about all of this?
I suffered from chronic fatigue and brain fog. Taking multivitamins and minerals helped. I even managed to get rid of my chronic headache of some ten years. More recently I have suffered from deep depression and anxiety reaching extreme levels at times. I did some researching on supplements and diet and that's when I really started on the supplements. Then when my son died I researched the causes of his anxiety and depression and found even more information like the value of L-Theanine and Tryptophan. L-Theanine is the amino acid used by the brain to form GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid), the neurotransmitter that regulates anxiety among other things. By this time I was struggling not only with depression but grief too. Medication was only marginally helping. I now have things under control, my memory is improving and I am more alert. My anxiety is now just a shadow but I do have reasons for being anxious.

Give those three supplements you have a chance to work and see how it goes. It's hard to tell whether B12 is needed or not. I take mine every now and again. Apparently B12 defficiency plays a role in memory and shrinking of the hippocampus as one ages. Omega 3 made a marked difference within a short time.

Keep us posted.

Take care
303Guy
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Old 03-29-2015, 01:58 AM
 
Location: Salem, OR
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Thank you so much and good luck to you too. I am feeling better already, but I can't really tell if it's the supplements or therapy.

We'll see. I spent 40 dollars on supplements the other day, but I didn't think twice about. Thank you for your help; it encouraged me to stay up until 2 in the morning doing research!
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Old 03-30-2015, 02:37 AM
 
Location: Auckland, New Zealand
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You're most welcome. Thank you for hearing me out.
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