Who should take anxiety supplements?

A little anxiety is something natural and necessary for everybody. It prepares our body for fight or flight in cases of actual danger, it increases performance when the outcome is important to us, and it increases our awareness in circumstances that require our attention.

Just like there is a difference between being sad and depressed, it is important to recognize if you have are experiencing healthy stress or have an anxiety disorder. Some common disorders include: phobias, panic attacks, post traumatic stress, and obsessive compulsive disorder. If you think you have a serious anxiety disorder, it is important to see a therapist or physician for diagnosis, however if you would like to explore natural treatments for healthy anxiety, then anxiety supplements may be right for you.

A review of 24 studies conducted by the Global Neuroscience Initiative Foundation revealed that there were 3 natural supplements that had "good" results reducing anxiety in about 2600 people.

What are the best natural herbal remedies for anxiety?

Kava - A herb that has been used for hundreds of years by South Pacific islanders for relief of muscle tension, and to feel more relaxed, peaceful, and sociable. An important note however, it is not recommended that kava root or extract be consumed more than 2-3 times per week with at least 7 days of breaks from the pill every month. Some research suggests daily consumption may damage the liver. Don't taka kava pills if you are on any liver medications or being treated for liver disease.

Passionflower - Also known as passion vine, or apricot vine, has been used widely in Central and South America as a very mild sedative and relaxer without any addictive properties. It has grown in popularity in North America as well as Europe as a natural remedy for insomnia, restlessness, anxiety, and stress.

St. John's wort - More widely know for it's anti-depressive characteristics, St. John's wort has been shown to have "good but limited" effectiveness reducing anxiety and restlessness. Side effects are limited but include increased sensitivity to sunlight, rash and constipation.

Valerian - Valerian is a flower with mild natural sedative properties similar to kava. Taken in doses of 500-1500mg per day, some patients claim to see immediate improvements of their anxiety or insomnia conditions.

Before implementing any supplemental treatment, it is important to consult your physician especially if you are pregnant or may be pregnant. If you are suffering from mild anxiety and do not feel it's necessary to undergo medical treatment, natural herbal supplements can be an effective way to control your anxiety.