Nutritional Supplements For Anxiety, Do They Work?

October 9, 2014

Combined with a balanced, healthy diet, there are some specific herbs and supplements which can actively help you manage anxiety. These are ideal to take during a period such as the winter holidays, when your body’s defences are generally lower and you need to boost yourself for a few weeks or months.

A recent study conducted by Nutrition Journal concluded that, based on the available evidence, “nutritional and herbal supplementation is an effective method for treating anxiety and anxiety-related conditions without the risk of serious side effects.” It went on

to state that strong evidence exists for the use of herbal supplements containing extracts of passion-flower or kava and combinations of L-lysine or L-arginine in the treatment of anxiety disorders and symptoms.

The report also cited valerian as being effective although the jury is still out on St John’s Wort. Magnesium, a mineral often recommended as supplementation for anxiety disorders, was also found to show promise. A safe and effective option would be to take a good general multivitamin and mineral supplement alongside your normal, healthy diet. That way you can ensure that your body’s nutritional needs are properly met during a time which is often filled with fatty, sugary unhealthy food that can play havoc with a system already afflicted by anxiety.


Has certain blends of supplements helped your stress and anxiety levels? Share your experiences in the comment section below.

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5 comments on “Nutritional Supplements For Anxiety, Do They Work?

  1. Hey Anxiety Guy, I take calcium, magnesium, mentholated folic acid, B 12, vitamin D, Floravital, and a general multi. I also am on some western meds as well as some herbs from my acupuncturist. I think the magnesium is the most helpful as I really noticed a difference when I added it. My accupuncurist and I have taken some notes over the course of my treatment and feel a lot of increases in anxiety are around my menstrual cycle, particularly the luteal phase. So, we addressing that this week with specific herbs for luteal phase. Fingers crossed that it helps. Truthfully, CBT, to me is the best way to address anxiety head on. My goal is to be off of the western meds (I’ve only been on a few months at very low doses). I love your website, by the way! Thank you!

    • You seem like you’re on the right track Hannah. Thank you for the kind words also, I’m sure the knowledge on this site will help you reach your goals.

  2. Barbara T. Oct 22, 2014

    Is it combinations of L-Lysine AND L-Arginine? It says a combination of L-Lysine OR L-Arginine; if so, combined with what?

  3. Dalynn Oct 30, 2014

    Turmeric had been a life saver, taken daily it takes the sharp edge off my anxiety. Ginger root is also good for calming a stomach knotted by anxiety.