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Generalized Anxiety Disorder Treatment: Diet

Overview

In addition to the substances listed below, there are some dietary supplements that are sometimes reported to be helpful in the treatment of anxiety disorder, but for which scientific study has not been conducted.

Inositol is often prescribed for the treatment of panic attacks, and might also be helpful for general anxiety.

Flaxseed oil, which contains omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids may also be helpful to calm anxiety though studies have not yet been done.

Magnesium has been shown to help treat anxiety in one small study that used a combination of it plus the herbs California poppy and hawthorn. Study participants all suffered from generalized anxiety disorder of mild-to-moderate intensity. The results indicated that the combination treatment was more effective than placebo. No significant side effects were seen. This particular combination therapy is currently used in France.44

Treatments

Effect of Nutritional Support (General) on Generalized Anxiety Disorder

Sometimes disorders or health challenges can be the result of a nutritional deficiency. Oftentimes, taking a multivitamin or multimineral can help supplement the diet and restore levels of assorted...

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Effect of 5-Hydroxytryptophan on Generalized Anxiety Disorder

Tryptophan (5-HTP) has been historically prescribed for the treatment of depression, but since anxiety is often a symptom of depression, this is sometimes also prescribed for anxiety as well. (The...

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Effect of Melatonin on Generalized Anxiety Disorder

As anxiety often prevents an individual from being able to rest and/or fall or stay asleep, melatonin is sometimes used as a treatment to help a person sleep.

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Effect of Lysine on Generalized Anxiety Disorder

Though the mechanism of action is unknown, Lysine when used in combination with Arginine might be useful for helping treat anxiety.

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Effect of Arginine on Generalized Anxiety Disorder

Classified as a semi-essential amino acid, Arginine when used in combination with Lysine might be useful for helping treat anxiety.

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Effect of GABA on Generalized Anxiety Disorder

GABA is a naturally occurring neurotransmitter that is used within the brain to reduce the activity of certain nerve systems, including those related to anxiety. For this reason, GABA supplements are...

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Effect of Selenium on Generalized Anxiety Disorder

Though the reason us unknown, selenium has been known to help calm anxiety in some people.

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Effect of Gamma Oryzanol on Generalized Anxiety Disorder

The mechanism of action is unknown, but gamma oryzanol is sometimes thought to be useful for treating generalized anxiety disorder.

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Effect of Magnesium on Generalized Anxiety Disorder

How exactly magnesium might play a role in the management of anxiety is yet unknown, but making sure to have adequate levels of this and other key nutrients can only help treat anxiety and other...

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