Top 5 Supplements for Stress & Anxiety
- 5-HTP (5-hydroxytryptophan) (Griffonia simplicifolia)
5-HTP works in the brain and central nervous system by increasing serotonin. 5-HTP is used for sleep disorders, depression, anxiety, migraine and tension-type headaches, fibromyalgia, binge eating associated with obesity, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), and ADHD.
2: L-Tryptophan is an essential amino acid so it needs to be obtained from diet. L-tryptophan helps make serotonin, but also melatonin and niacin. Serotonin is very important for mood and stress. L-Tryptophan has been used to aid and treat sleep problems (insomnia), anxiety, depression, premenstrual syndrome, and ADD.
3: B-Complex vitamins, especially folic acid and vitamin B6, can be helpful in mild depression, and you should know that B vitamins can increase the efficacy of prescription anti-depressants. Vitamin B-12 and other B vitamins help in producing brain chemicals that affect mood and other brain functions.
4. St John’s Wort, a perennial extract that blooms from June to September has been shown to help balance mood, encourage feelings of calmness, and even support healthy sleeping patterns. Hypercin, one of the active pigments in St. John’s Wort has the ability to naturally support our brain’s serotonin production.
5. Phenibut is similar to the brain chemical called gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA). Phenibut is a shown to help anxiety, fear, trouble sleeping (insomnia), tension, stress, fatigue, PTSD, depression, alcoholism. It is also used for improving memory and learning. It is a great to help with anxiety without making you tired.