*Disclaimer: I am in no way a medical professional. The below recommended vitamins and minerals are things I found and now use to manage my own anxiety, however, before you take any of the below vitamins please discuss with your doctor. Use my recommendations at your own discretion.
Anxiety is something that I had to work hard to figure out, and I still haven’t figured it out one hundred percent. I don’t think anyone ever does. I have had to really research and look into anxiety, try new tips and tricks, as well as use coping skills in order to manage it to the point that I am now.
One of the easiest things to help me manage my anxiety is simply taking care of my body’s basic nutrient and vitamin needs. In the midst of researching, I found a lot of information on being aware of what nutrients your body needs to be the best it can be physically, mentally, and emotionally. I would have never thought that vitamins and supplements would make that much of a difference, but they really do. Upon researching, I decided that I needed to know if I was getting proper nutrients, and if I had deficiencies. I became intrigued with the idea that certain vitamins could really help with my anxiety. It sounded too good to be true, but it wasn’t.
Vitamins and minerals are extremely important for your body’s overall health and function. In my research I found vitamins that make a big difference in both mood and anxiety. I also found that some vitamin deficiency’s result in rapid heart beat, nervousness, and fatigue…hmmm, I remember thinking… that sounds oddly like my anxiety. Is my body making my anxiety worse, because I am not being aware that it needs a certain vitamin?
It was fascinating to read that you can manage your mood and anxiety simply by taking a vitamin pill, or by eating a lot of foods that are rich in a specific vitamin. When I first started having anxiety, I was unsure of what I could do that would actually work. A dear friend of mine recommended looking into and researching vitamins and minerals that help with anxiety, and man am I glad that I did. There is a very real connection with what vitamins our bodies need and how that relates to anxiety. Do yourself a favor and check to make sure you are getting the vitamins below.
This is my number one recommendation for a vitamin that I use weekly to manage my anxiety. Seriously, I can’t talk enough about how awesome magnesium is, and how much it has helped me manage my anxiety. If I can’t sleep, I take magnesium. If I feel anxious, I take magnesium. If I know I am going to have a stressful day that might bring out my anxiety, I take magnesium. If you are deficient in magnesium it can cause weakness, fatigue, nervousness, and rapid pulse; all of which make your anxiety much worse. If you are deficient in magnesium this can bring on an anxiety attack when you otherwise wouldn’t have had it. It not only works to manage and stay on top of your anxiety when you take magnesium daily or weekly, but if you are in the midst of a panic attack or having a particularly anxious day you can take it to help calm down in that moment. I use Natural Calm, and it is amazing.
I know most people think of calcium and associate it with their mom trying to get them to drink their milk for strong bones. However, lots of things in your body depend on calcium to work properly. Your heart, muscles, and nerves need calcium to function properly. Guess what else calcium effects? Your mood. Calcium is important for regulating our mood. Calcium acts as a natural sedative with calming and relaxing effects. I get the Natural Calm (my magnesium supplement I mentioned above) with added Calcium. This lets me kill two birds with one stone. These two supplements combined in my daily Natural Calm dose help me manage my anxiety extremely well.
3. Vitamin C
Vitamin C is a well-known antioxidant, and guess what? Antioxidants are super important for your body, and they even help you manage anxiety symptoms. Vitamin C helps to combat stress and repair the damage that is done to your body by stress and anxiety. Drink that orange juice, eat that kiwi, or take that Vitamin C tablet. Vitamin C also helps keep you healthy by boosting your immune system. Get your Vitamin C people!
4. Vitamin D
Vitamin D is a mood and energy booster. That means if you are deficient in Vitamin D it can make you more tired, it can effect mood changes, and can make you irritable. Yikes, right? All of the symptoms of a Vitamin D deficiency make anxiety worse, and can spiral you into anxiety even if it was under control. So get your tush outside and soak up some sun, or take yourself a Vitamin D supplement.
5. Vitamin B
Vitamin B helps the body make the hormone serotonin, which influences mood. If you do not have enough Vitamin B in your body, your mood will be effected. This of course directly effects your anxiety. Take that Vitamin B!
Probiotics are good for you in so many different ways. Maintaining a healthy amount of gut bacteria, which is what a probiotic does, helps your body have a healthy response to chronic stress. Probiotics have also been shown to promote good mental health. Pick out a good probiotic, and start taking it.
7. Fish Oil
You need fat. Yep, you heard that right. Get your fat! The right fats are extremely important for you to have, so make sure you get them into your diet. I take a Fish Oil each day. Fish Oil, Omega-3, is the basic building blocks of the brain and nervous system, so taking fish oil helps maintain a healthy level for brain function.
These are the seven vitamins I take on a daily or weekly schedule to help with my anxiety. I feel powerful making sure that my body is equipped with what it needs to help me conquer and manage my anxiety. Knowing that my body is fueled with the right things to help my anxiety is extremely important. I would love to hear the vitamins or supplements that you may take to manage your anxiety.
Until next time,
Hey all you awesome people reading my blog. I'm Ginger and this blog chronicles how I live my life fabulously with anxiety.