Chances are, if you tell your doctor you’ve been under stress and as a result more than a bit anxious, he’ll whip out his prescription pad.
But once you’ve hopped on that hamster wheel, it’s almost impossible to get off.
The good news is that there’s something you can take to calm your nerves without a prescription, and without having to wean yourself off – and a new study shows that the effects can last long after you stop taking it.
According to a recent clinical trial, people who took a natural regimen of probiotics, vitamin A, several B vitamins, vitamin C, zinc, iron, selenium, and magnesium for a month felt some relief from stress and fatigue.
What’s more, participants STILL reported feeling better a full month after STOPPING the supplements.
Using a questionnaire designed to measure subjects’ score on the Perceived Stress Scale (PSS), researchers tracked stress levels of 242 volunteers before starting the dietary supplements, directly after one month of using them, and 30 days after stopping the supplements.
A month after stopping, the average PSS score of the volunteers was still down by about 23 per cent, and fatigue had remained a staggering 45 per cent lower than the first measurement.
On the other hand, you can’t just stop taking antidepressants and antianxiety drugs. Over time, they change the way your brain processes neurotransmitters (or, chemicals that affect your mood) – like serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine.
That’s why stopping these drugs can make your brain chemistry go haywire. You could end up feeling even WORSE than before. Withdrawal symptoms can include insomnia, headaches, chronic pain, mood swings, and even suicidal thoughts.
If your problem is stress – not severe depression – there is a better, safer way.
Many people are deficient in magnesium (one of the natural ingredients tested in the study), which exhibits a calming effect on your nervous system. It’s increasingly being used in more mainstream psychiatric treatments.
Although it wasn’t included in this particular study, the fairly mainstream Cleveland Clinic has acknowledged that L-theanine is effective for anxiety. L-theanine contains the same compound you’ll find in a relaxing cup of green tea, and it works by increasing levels of dopamine and GABA in your brain.
The best part about L-theanine is that you can often feel a difference in a matter of minutes, not days or weeks.
Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Nutrition & Healing
Supplement stress-reducing benefits last a month after discontinuing: Study, nutraingredients-usa.com/Research/Supplement-stress-reducing-benefits-last-a-month-after-discontinuing-Study