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 Posted 7/23/2013 8:54:49 AM
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Hey all,

I'm in a bit of a low place right now with stress and anxiety taking their toll on me.

Is there a supplement you'd recommend to generally help me cope better with general life pressures?

Thanks!
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 Posted 7/23/2013 10:36:29 AM
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Hi!

Sorry to hear you're going through a rough time. 

Magnesium, L-theanine, and L-tryptophan are worth considering. This link provides further information: 

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You should also consider inositol and Pharma Gaba.  
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I would avoid stimulating supplements (i.e. rhodiola, L-carnitine). I found that energy-supporting supplements help anxiety: ubiquinol, shilajit, 7-keto DHEA, chromium, B-12 (sublingual methylcobalamin is best). I always seem calmer when my energy system is working better.

Ashwagandha reduces stress. Jujube is great for sleep and may be usable during the day for calming if it doesn't put you to sleep. Be careful.

Big doses of inositol (2-5 g) and/or niacinamide (1-3 g) can be very calming. Niacinamide does the same thing as niacin without niacin flushing, though it doesn't offer the heart benefits. Other B vitamins are important, too, but I needed the more absorbable forms such as P5P and L-methylfolate.

Don't overlook probiotics. Yogurt is probably inadequate unless you've never taken antibiotics. Lactobacillus rhamnosus JB-1 is good for anxiety and stress, and can be found in better probiotic supplements.

Magnesium can be helpful, but tricky. For years I thought I had a good calcium/magnesium balance, then I realized that I was eating too many calcium-fortified foods. If you're constipated, you may find this balance is off. Try a 1:1 balance. Too much magnesium will cause diarrhea. Also it may be worth trying magnesium threonate, though I haven't yet.

Good luck!
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 Posted 7/30/2013 12:39:50 PM
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hi Jamie,

Life Extension has information at http://www.lef.org/protocols/emotional_health/anxiety_01.htm and http://www.lef.org/protocols/emotional_health/stress_management_01.htm that may be helpful.

Some anxiety is caffeine toxicity, so you might want to avoid things that contain caffeine.  High serum copper levels have also been associated with anxiety.

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