Top 5 Vitamins Essential for Eliminating Anxiety
Top 5 Vitamins Essential for Eliminating Anxiety
The number of people across the globe that are battling anxiety and panic attacks is staggering. We at Edify Counseling promote and support the recommended daily allowances for vitamins that support the elimination and prevention of Anxiety. Essential for regulating the metabolism and assisting the biochemical process that release energy from digested foods, vitamins are essential for our existence. Known as micronutrients, vitamins are required in small amounts when compared to carbohydrates, proteins, fats and water.
Synthetic Vs Natural
Vitamin Supplements are divided into two groups..synthetic and natural. Synthetic vitamins are produced in laboratories and only mirror their natural counterparts in composition, but does not equal its effects on the body.
Studies have shown that protein-bonded vitamins which are found in natural supplements are absorbed much more effectively by our bodies.. They are also retained in the tissues more effectively than synthetic supplements.
No matter if your taking synthetic or natural vitamins, it is important to always take with food. Foods helps the absorption of the vitamins allowing it to work more effectively. Certain foods may hinder the absorption of essential key vitamins.
Below is our list of the Top 5 Vitamins to take if your dealing with anxiety!
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic acid)
- Vitamin D
In addition to be in a good reliever of anxiety, vitamin A prevents night blindness and other problems as well as some skin disorders, such as acne. It enhances the bodies immunity and even helps to heal gastrointestinal ulcers. Vitamin A is also needed for the maintenance and repair of epithelial tissue, of which the skin and mucous membranes are composed. It is also important for the formation of bones and teeth, aids in fat storage and protects against colds, flu, and infections of the kidneys, bladder, lungs and mucous membranes.
A deficiency of Vitamin A can cause dry hair or skin, dryness of the cornea, poor growth and night blindness. Other deficiencies include abscesses in the ears, insomnia, fatigue, reproductive difficulties, sinusitis, pneumonia and frequent colds.
Vitamin A is commonly found in cheese, egg yolks, fish, meat, milk, poultry, Spanish whole grains, yogurt, asparagus, avocados, broccoli and much more.
Plays a role in the production of the adrenal hormones and in the formation of antibodies. It also aids in vitamin utilization and helps to covert fats, carbohydrates, and proteins into energy. Vitamin B5, also known as Pantothenic Acid is required by all cells in the body and is concentrated in the organs. It is also a stamina enhancer and can prevent certain forms of anemia. B5 also is needed for normal functioning of the gastrointestinal tract it, and may be helpful in treating depression.
A deficiency of Vitamin B5 may cause fatigue, headache, nausea and tingling in the hands. This acid is also needed for proper functioning of the adrenal glands.
Found in the following foods: avocados, beef, brewers yeast, eggs, fresh vegetables, kidney, liver , lobster, mushrooms, nuts, pork, royal jelly, salt water fish, and whole wheat.
Required for the absorption and utilization of calcium and phosphorus. It is necessary for growth and especially important for the normal growth and development of bones and teeth in children. It also protects against muscle weakness and fatigue, and is involved in regulation of the heartbeat. Vital in the prevention and treatment of breast and other cancers, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, and hypocalcemia. Vitamin D enhances the bodies immunity and is necessary for thyroid function and normal blood clotting.
Deficiency of vitamin D can lead to several diseases including heart disease, osteoporosis, diabetes and cancer such as breast and colon. 70 to 80% of Hispanic Americans and African-Americans may be deficient in vitamin D. This is due to the pigmentation in the skin. Sources include fish liver oils, fatty salt water fish, dairy products and eggs.
Also known as folacin, is considered to be a brain food and is needed for energy production and the formation of red blood cells. It also strengthens our immunity by aiding in the proper formation and function of white blood cells. Because folate functions as a coenzyme in DNA and RNA synthesis, it is important for healthy cell division and replication. Folate is also involved in protein metabolism used in the prevention and treatment of folic acid anemia. Known to also treat depression, it may also be effective in treatment of uterine cervical dysplasia. Folate may be the most important nutrient regulating homocysteine levels. Homocysteine is the amino acid that is naturally formed in the body as a result of the breakdown of another amino acid methylamine. Folate is very important in pregnancy and helps regulate embryonic and fetal nerve cell formation which is vital for normal development.
Signs of deficiency may include a red tongue. Deficiencies also include anemia, apathy, digestive disturbances, fatigue, graying hair, growth impairment, labored breathing, memory problems, paranoia, weakness, and birth defects.
Sources include asparagus, barley, beef, brown rice, chicken, green leafy vegetables, mushrooms and oranges.
Vital for hair growth and reducing cholesterol levels, inositol has a calming effect. It helps prevent the hardening of the arteries and is important in the formation of lecithin and in the metabolism of fat and cholesterol. It also helps remove fat from the liver.
Deficiencies can lead to arteriosclerosis, constipation, high blood cholesterol, irritability, mood swings, and skin eruptions. Not only does it help in the treatment of depression and anxiety, but also as obsessive-compulsive disorder without the side effects of prescription medications.
Sources include brewer’s yeast, fruits, lecithin, legumes, meats, milk, unrefined molasses, raisins, vegetables and whole grains.
Dr. Jason-Anthony K. Prendergast