Top 5 Herbs or Supplements to have for Anxiety Relief
Updated: Oct 20, 2020
There are many levels to anxiety and stress. The Mind, Body, Heart, and Soul. I personally believe that anxiety is usually triggered by something deeper going on that needs to be healed or dealt with when it comes to Soul, Mind, and Heart types of anxiety. Our physical body gets involved in all those 3, AND sometimes it has anxiety for its own reasons. To heal the mind, heart, and soul can take time, energy, and patience which is why I coach people, provide meditations, and training to assist those efforts. I am a living example of how inner work can release you from anxiety.
However there are times when the physical body needs support, or hormones or off, or you have not slept much, or your body is literally trying to move energy out of your system because you are clearing out emotional baggage, that is a real thing! These 4 levels are so intrinsically connected that they all affect each other.
In these circumstances, our body needs support for our brains, thyroid, adrenals, hormones, and many other physical organs which is why I am so grateful and why we are so blessed to have herbs, vitamins, amino acids, and plenty of research to show how these can help assist our bodies recover and rejuvenate. In this post, I am going to share my top 5 favorite herbs, vitamins and nutrition to support the body and mind when it comes to stress and anxiety.
As the CEO of Lyberate Nutrition, I am excited to tell you of products we developed that has all 5 of these ingredients in it, but I will tell you about that in each section.
Ready? Here we go...
#1: VALERIAN ROOT
I wrote about this amazing herb before, but it is so good that it needs a refresh.
This data above is accurate, however I would also say a few different things about Valerian Root from my own personal experience.
Most people think that Valerian Root is used to help people sleep, which it is one use for some, however Valerian Root is actually all about calming the nervous system. This helps with your nerves acting up, any anxiety, or stress. Anytime I have an anxiety attack of any kind or just feel on edge, this is my go-to herb to help relieve the anxiety quickly. One reason why I recommend herbs is because they are non-addictive and are not known to cause morning drowsiness.
Here are some other benefits of Valerian Root:
Helps to regulate blood pressure
Reduces risk of strokes and heart attacks
Aids in improving sleep and reducing anxiety
Relieves severity and discomfort of menstrual cramps
Helps to cure insomnia and improve quality of sleep
I grew up on Valerian Root as a go to for anxiety. When I was a kid and I felt an anxiety attack coming on, this was the herb to use that acted fast. Since then we have developed RELIEF the Anti-Anxiety formula that has Valerian root as well as all the other herbs we will talk about in it.. You can find it here: https://www.anxietyliberators.com/lyberate-nutrition/RELIEF-Anti-Anxiety-Proprietary-Blend-p237299486
This is one of my favorite ones..
Ashwagandha has been used for thousands of years in Ayurvedic medicine to boost the immune system, soothe and enhance the nervous system, and promote longevity and vitality.
This adaptogenic overachiever positively affects almost every system in the body. It's been used as an aphrodisiac, narcotic, diuretic, anthelmintic, astringent, thermogenic, stimulant, and everything in between.
The antidote to our current stress epidemic.
Adaptogens are herbs that protect the body from the toxicity of stress by bringing it back into homeostasis. Ashwagandha's list of superpowers goes on, but we’ll dig into a few of Ashwagandha’s most notable benefits:
1-NORMALIZES YOUR ENERGY AND MOOD
Ashwagandha recognizes when the body is in a state of stress and brings it into balance by reducing cortisol (a hormone responsible for controlling stress and optimizing metabolic function) and balancing glutamate, an excitatory neurotransmitter in the brain. As a result, many of those gnarly side effects of chronic stress — insomnia, anxiety, chronic fatigue, etc. — subside.
2-BOOSTS BRAIN POWER
Another major perk of Ashwagandha’s ability to support and enhance the nervous system is amped up, clearer brain power. As it normalizes imbalances in the body, Ashwagandha can simultaneously calm the nerves and boost energy. By allowing your body to utilize oxygen more efficiently, it enhances all aspects of cognitive function, including focus, concentration, and memory.
It’s no surprise, then, that when Ashwagandha swoops in and saves the day on the stress front, it’s also doing double duty to boost your immunity. When you nix chronic stress, your immune system can carry out its protective duties a whole lot better.
4-PROMOTES STRESS REDUCTION
Mineral-dense Ashwagandha enhances communication within the complex endocrine system — strengthening the adrenal glands, reducing cortisol, and increasing the production of blood.
Another amazing supplement...
5-Hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP) is an amino acid that your body naturally produces. Your body uses it to produce serotonin, a chemical messenger that sends signals between your nerve cells. Low serotonin levels are associated with depression, anxiety, sleep disorders, weight gain and other health problems.
A few of the amazing benefits of 5-HTP are:
PROMOTES HEALTHY MOOD
5-HTP helps the body to produce more serotonin. Healthy levels of serotonin contribute to a positive mood and outlook and also promote restful sleep.
With its ability to increase serotonin, 5-HTP supports a neurochemical process that can enable high-quality sleep and keep the body’s bio clock in sync.
PROMOTES BETTER SLEEP
One human-based study showed that a combination of 5-HTP and gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) significantly reduced the time it took to fall asleep, increased sleep duration and improved sleep quality.
IMPROVE SYMPTOMS OF ANXIETY AND MUSCLE PAIN
Early evidence suggests that 5-HTP may improve symptoms of fibromyalgia, including muscle pain, sleep problems, anxiety and fatigue (28) One research study from 2002 found that taking 5-HTP reduced anxiety and panic in people with panic disorder.
The recommended dose for 5-HTP depends on your reason for taking it.
Here are some general guidelines to get you started:
Weight management: 250–300 mg, 30 minutes prior to a meal
Mood enhancement: 50–100 mg, 3 times per day with meals. Use for at least one week to notice a beneficial effect
Fibromyalgia symptom relief: 100 mg, 3–4 times per day with meals. Use for at least two weeks to notice a beneficial effect
Migraines: 100–200 mg, 2–3 times per day with meals. Use for two to three weeks to notice a beneficial effect
Next up is..
This amazing supplement is known as the NERVE CALMING HERB. As you can see from the benefits above, it is absolutely amazing in calming the nervous system down which has many benefits in and of itself.
A few things to know about Skullcap:
American skullcap (Scutellaria lateriflora) is a perennial herb native to North America.
A study in 43 people found that those who received 1,050 mg of American skullcap daily for 2 weeks reported significant enhancements in mood compared to a placebo group.
It’s thought that American skullcap positively impacts mood and reduces anxiety by stimulating gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), a neurotransmitter that helps calm nerves.
These and many more.
Last but not least is...
Another not well known but powerful adaptogen..
Rhodiola is an herb that grows in the cold, mountainous regions of Europe and Asia.
Its roots are considered adaptogens, meaning they help your body adapt to stress when consumed. Rhodiola is also known as arctic root or golden root, and its scientific name is Rhodiola rosea. Its root contains more than 140 active ingredients, the two most potent of which are rosavin and salidroside. People in Russia and Scandinavian countries have used rhodiola to treat anxiety, fatigue and depression for centuries.
Some of the benefits are (which is also in our RELIEF Anti-Anxiety Mix)
In several studies, Rhodiola has been shown to improve symptoms of burnout, relieve stress, and help the body adapt to stressful or anxious situations.
Another benefit of its adaptogenic properties is that helps the body fight fatigue.
Rhodiola helps with depression symptoms by balancing the neurotransmitters in your brain.
This is also in our RELIEF Anti-Anxiety Mix
These 5 are only the beginning of amazing herbs that can help you deal with stress and anxiety. Others are Chamomile, Hops, St. Johns Wort, B-Vitamins, Lemon Balm, and more. Here is one good thing, instead of taking 25 pills to have all the benefits of these many supplements, why don't you get one?
RELIEF-Anti Anxiety formula has all these ingredients and more to eradicate anxiety. If you need more help, we also have SLUMBER which is an all natural sleep aid, or BOOST which is the best Organic Ashwagandha you can find or our LIFT which is 5-HTP, and lastly BRAINZYMES which supports the brain-gut connection and keeps things healthy. I cannot tell you how many people have digestive issues because of anxiety, this helps!
You can also get our 5 in one bundle which saves you money by 20%+! Each of these were made to work together to best benefit YOUR body to combat stress, anxiety, and fatigue.
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